Louisiana Political News Wire
No. 2 federal prosecutor from Atlanta likely to conduct 'broader, deeper' probe
In a stinging Nov. 26 order, a federal judge "strongly" urged the Justice Department to name an independent counsel to reinvestigate allegations of leaks from U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office and to search again for emails that might shed light on the office's online commenting scandal. The New York Times echoed that call in an editorial Sunday. The wishes of U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt and the newspaper were granted -- at least partially -- with the appointment of John Horn, First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. In a Dec. 4 letter to Engelhardt, Horn said he's been appointed as a special assistant to the attorney general to "prepare the required responses and to ensure the government's compliance with these instructions."
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