Tim Griffin, whose December appointment as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas sparked a national outcry about surreptitious changes made to a law affecting federal prosecutors, says he no longer wants the job permanently.
"I have made the decision not to let my name go forward to the Senate," Griffin said Thursday evening.
He was referring to the U.S. Department of Justice's stated intention, amid heavy criticism, to subject Griffin and others recently appointed to interim federal-prosecutor posts to the standard process of being nominated by the president, scrutinized by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and then voted on by the Senate.
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