There is a, so far, ignored direct connection to the White House concerning the firing of Arkansas' U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins.
Media reports from May of 2006, describe a corruption investigation by Cummins' office into MO Gov. Matt Blunt's use of the Missouri law firm Lathrop & Gage LC to run a chain of satellite state licensing offices.
Lathrop & Gage is the powerful firm of Blunt's general counsel, and Bush/Cheney '04's national general counsel Mark F. "Thor" Hearne.
As BRAD BLOG readers know, Hearne is a top-level White House operative, a very close friend of Karl Rove's and the co-founder of the currently-back-underground "American Center for Voting Rights" (ACVR), the mysteriously-funded group behind all of the GOP's phony "voter fraud" claims and the accompanying push for disenfranchising "Voter ID" restrictions at the polling place.
The first reports of Cummins' investigation into the Blunt/Lathrop Gage scandal were apparently in May of 2006. Cummins was removed from his position just afterwards in June of 2006 -- prior to all the other firings which took place later that year on the same day in December.
Lathrop & Gage, of course, was the law firm that helped set up the special management company to run lucrative license fee offices for Blunt's top financial supporters.