The Democratic-led Congress is investigating whether eight U.S. attorneys were recently fired for political reasons. Six of the eight fired prosecutors have testified before Congress. At least two have cited their rejection of pressure to act in politically charged cases as possible factors behind their dismissal.
William Moschella, a top Justice Department official, told lawmakers that none of the fired prosecutors had been improperly pressured or removed to make room for Republican political allies.
"This administration has never removed a United States attorney to retaliate against them. Not once," Moschella said.
The Justice Department announced the dismissal of seven of the prosecutors in December. An eighth prosecutor was ousted earlier, in June 2006. Below, a look at the prosecutors and the reasons given for their dismissal: