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Congressman Doc Hastings Accused in Federal Prosecutors' Resignations Case

WASHINGTON- Washington Congressman Doc Hastings is under fire after allegations he may have been involved in the forced resignation of the Seattle U.S. Attorney.

Former federal prosecutor John McKay told a Senate committee Tuesday that he received a call from the Congressman's Chief of Staff during the 2004 Gubernatorial election controversy.

McKay says he hung up immediately on the call in question without discussing anything because he thought it was inappropriate.

Hastings confirms that the call took place, but denies any wrongdoing. 

"It was a simple inquiry and nothing more- and it was the only call any federal official from my office on this subject during or after the recount ordeal.... Tom McCabe of the Building Industry Association of Washington did contact my office in July of 2005 to ask that I urge the White House to replace Mr. McKay and I flat out refused to do so, which Ed Cassidy told him in the bluntest of terms."

More testimony on the issue is expected later in the week when a House committee will look into the controversy.

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