New allegations hit Minnesota's U.S. attorney at federal level

  • Article by: PAUL McEnroe, Randy Furst and Kevin Diaz , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: April 24, 2013 - 9:54 PM

Accusations involve how B. Todd Jones ran Minneapolis office.

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chuckdancerApr. 24, 1310:43 PM

Sounds like there are "allegations" that appear to be more like opinions.

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DufferHApr. 25, 1312:47 AM

Obama should pull this nomination while he and Jones can still save face.

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michaelfossumApr. 25, 13 6:41 AM

Jeff Paulsen is a very talented and competent prosecutor who should in no way be targeted for substandard work performance.

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jackpinesavApr. 25, 13 7:32 AM

Todd should step up, pull his nomination and end this.

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dogmanApr. 25, 13 8:37 AM

I'm shocked, SHOCKED that republicans are attacking a potential head of the ATF, not to mention someone associated with President Obama. I'm sure all complaints are legitimate and there is no hidden agenda.

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timandtiaApr. 25, 13 8:41 AM

Okay, next nomination please. Obama, can't you choose at least one good candidate?

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ranger1873Apr. 25, 1310:19 AM

"She said no decision had been made whether to refer the case for investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice." -- Everyone who thinks Eric Holder will investigate a nominee of his boss, please stand on your head.

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jaytee1Apr. 25, 1310:34 AM

chuckdancer: huh? These are not political appointees who are complaining but career non-partisan attorneys and law enforcement and they are filing under the protection of the federal whistleblower program. To dismiss this as some sort of politics is very foolish. These are people who are putting their careers on the line to express an objection, something you and most of the rest of us would not or could not do.

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tooty123Apr. 25, 1310:35 AM

This is part of the NRA agenda to keep the ATF without a director. Nothing new here. They don't want any regulations! It wouldn't matter who the President nominated; the NRA and its Congressmen in their pockets will stall the nomination. It's worked so far. Grassley has an A rating.

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jaytee1Apr. 25, 1312:08 PM

NRA agenda? These are career attorneys and law enforcement. They are not objecting to his political views but rather what they saw as problematic or illegal in his management of both cases and staff. They are filing with federal whistleblower protection. In case you were wondering, the whistleblower program was created to protect officials who want to raise serious performance allegations from political retaliation. Also, the ATF has an interim director and seems to be functioning OK. Not sure how this weakens their enforcement powers in any way. Just because a guy is nominated for a position, doesn't mean he is qualified or should accept the honor of holding the position.

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