The Department of Justice released selected e-mail correspondence regarding between the Department of Justice and White House Counsel's Office on the planned firing of U.S. Attorneys. The communication is from Kyle Sampson, former Chief of Staff to U.S. Attorney Alberto Gonzales, Deputy White House Counsel David Leitch, and lawyer Colin Newman of the White House Counsel's Office.
The illuminating e-mail reveals that Karl Rove had apparently asked the White House Counsel's Office “how we planned to proceed regarding the U.S. Attorneys, whether we are going to allow all to stay, request resignations from all and accept only some of them, or selectively replace them, etc.”
Sampson tells Deputy White House Counsel Leitch that "we would like to replace 15-20 percent of the current U.S. Attorneys -- the underpeforming ones." He then reasons that "[t]he vast majority of U.S. Attorneys, 80-85 percent, I would guess, are doing a great job, are loyal Bushies, etc., etc.