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President Obama on Friday nominated Daniel G. Bogden, whose firing as a federal prosecutor by the Bush administration is under congressional investigation for its potentially partisan motivation, to return to his former job nearly three years after his dismissal.

Bogden’s nomination as Nevada U.S. attorney marks a step toward reversing what many Democrats consider the previous administration’s illegal firing of nine federal prosecutors in 2006. Congress began investigating the dismissals the next year, and this week Karl Rove, Bush’s top political adviser, concluded two days of closed-door testimony before the House Judiciary Committee about the firings.

“The president believes that Mr. Bogden has demonstrated a strong commitment to serving the people of Nevada and that he will work closely with the leadership of the Department of Justice to follow the facts and the law in the pursuit of justice,” said Ben LaBolt, a White House spokesman.

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