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U.S. attorney jobs are viewed as a springboard to career success and the now-fired U.S. attorney in Seattle, John McKay, certainly saw it that way. According to a recently released e-mail, before he was fired, McKay tried to parlay his relationship with the White House into a lifetime post as a federal district court judge. So says a March 5 e-mail from Monica Goodling, who was relaying information from the White House Counsel’s office. But McKay had not been recommended for a judgeship by the state’s Republican committee. During a visit to Washington, D.C., he called up then-White House Counsel Harriet Miers for a visit, according to the e-mail. Miers agreed, and during the meeting McKay expressed interest in a judicial appointment. Miers gave McKay a “courtesy” interview, though “he was never in the process to begin with (but he thought he was),” Goodling wrote. Which explained, Goodling added, why McKay got a disappointing call about the position. However, she noted, the White House Counsel’s office “would generally prefer this line of question be avoided since the Members shouldn’t have knowledge of the commission’s recommendations or the fact that the interview was only a courtesy (which, of course, McKay also does not know).” McKay did not not respond to a request for comment.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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