Whistleblower: Recused US attorney discussed Siegelman case

WASHINGTON (AP) - A whistleblower says the U.S. attorney who recused herself from the corruption case against former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman because of potential political conflicts still closely monitored the case and communicated with prosecutors about it.

The allegations that U.S. Attorney Leura Canary didn't completely stay out of the case are detailed in a letter House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers wrote to Attorney General Michael Mukasey last week.

The letter cites one e-mail provided by the whistleblower in which Canary asked prosecutors whether Siegelman's comments in a news article could be grounds to bar him from discussing the case in the media.

Canary has maintained that she obeyed a strict "firewall" separating her from the case.

She recused herself because her husband is a longtime Republican strategist with ties to Siegelman's political foes.

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