Judging from what was said by Kyle Sampson, it appears Gonzales has been playing fast and loose with the truth and while the choice of U. S. attorneys belongs to the executive branch, the firings of eight federal prosecutors had much more to do with ongoing investigations of GOP corruption than was initially indicated:
Sampson's testimony also shows that, along with Rove, other senior White House aides were more closely involved in the dismissals than has previously been disclosed. It adds to evidence that some of the firings were influenced by GOP political concerns and that the selection process was not based on hard data.
Sampson said he even suggested firing U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald of Chicago while Fitzgerald was prosecuting Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff for perjury. Sampson said he immediately dropped the idea, which he raised at a White House meeting last year, when he received negative reactions from then-White House Counsel Harriet E. Miers and her deputy, William Kelley.
Among those fired was Bud Cummins of Arkansas, who was asked to resign while he was in the middle of an investigation into how Missouri Governor Matt Blunt was awarding lucrative license fee offices.