Former U.S Attorney Speaks

Former U.S Attorney Speaks

Bud Cummins

3.28.2007

Bud Cummins

Harry E. “Bud” Cummins III was confirmed as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas in December 2001 after having been nominated by President George W. Bush. Prior to his nomination and confirmation as U.S. Attorney, Bud Cummins was a partner with Cummins & Associates Law Firm in Little Rock and was chief legal counsel for Governor Mike Huckabee from 1997 to 1998. He was also the Republican nominee for Arkansas’s Second Congressional District in 1996.

In his first public address since being fired, former United States Attorney Bud Cummins discusses the controversial dismissal of him and seven other U.S. Attorneys throughout the country. Cummins served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas since 2001 and was replaced by Tim Griffin. The firings resulted in media and Congressional scrutiny in Washington. In June 2006, Cummins says he received a phone call from the U.S. Department of Justice asking him to resign. In his speech, Cummins recounts his discussions with Justice Department officials leading up to his firing and refutes that his dismissal was performance based.