Embattled U.S. Attorney Griffin to Resign

Embattled U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin said Thursday that he will resign his post with the Eastern District of Arkansas on Friday.
Griffin, a former aide to President Bush's strategist Karl Rove, said in a brief statement that he will pursue opportunities in the private sector.
Griffin replaced former U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins. In June 2006 Cummins and seven other U.S. attorneys were asked to resign by the Department of Justice. Their dismissals have resulted in national media attention and congressional scrutiny, with critics of the administration saying the attorneys were removed for purely political reasons.