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The Arkansas prosecutor who become a key figure in the scandal surrounding the firing of nine U.S. attorneys stepped down as interim U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas last week — and all signs point to a return to Washington. J. Timothy Griffin, a former aide to White House political adviser Karl Rove, is using a legal search firm and sources say Griffin is touting his political connections as leverage into a white collar or government relations practice. But recruiters and managing partners who know of Griffin agree that the former Judge Advocate General-turned-political operative-turned U.S. attorney is peddling his wares at a time when the value of Bush administration ties have never been lower. “His timing is just bad,” says a Washington recruiter at a national search firm. “He’s a politico, not a litigator, which people just don’t care about. If you’re a U.S. attorney with no experience someone is not going to bring you on board to create or enhance a practice.” One chairman of a national firm says his firm was contacted regarding Griffin but declined. “We got a phone call from a recruiter on his behalf but wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole,” says the chairman. “Colleagues who I trust and respect said to take a pass.” It appears, however, that Griffin isn’t limiting his career search to law firms. Late last week there were rumblings that he was in negotiations to join the still unofficial presidential campaign of actor and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson. Griffin was appointed interim U.S. attorney in December 2006 after his predecessor, H.E. “Bud” Cummins III, was fired by the Justice Department. Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty later testified that Cummins was fired not for any performance reasons, but to clear the spot for Griffin. That Griffin appears to be peddling his services based more on his political skill than legal acumen makes sense given his r�sum�. The former Republican National Committee political director and Rove acolyte has all of 15 months of federal prosecutorial experience. Reached two days before his resignation was to take effect, Griffin declined to directly address his future plans. “I’ve certainly been assessing my options in the legal community,” Griffin told Legal Times. “But I don’t have any announcement to make at this time.”
Nathan Carlile can be contacted at [email protected]. Jason McLure can be contacted at [email protected].

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