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Findings of USDA Sherrod probe expected soon

By Ed O'Keefe

Shirley Sherrod at the National Association of Black Journalists on July 29. (AP)

Agriculture Department lawyers are expected to brief Secretary Tom Vilsack next week on their preliminary review of the actions surrounding Shirley Sherrod's resignation, according to department officials.

Three weeks ago Vilsack asked the department's acting general counsel to review "all relevant information relating to the handling of the Sherrod resignation" on and after July 19, the day Sherrod was asked to resign, said a senior department official.

Sherrod, USDA's former Georgia state director of rural development, continues to evaluate the position offered to her by the department, said the official, who asked not to be identified. She did not return calls seeking comment on Thursday.

Staff writers Krissah Thompson contributed to this report.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 13, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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Where is the update on this political hack and her husband taking $300,000 for "pain and suffering" from the "reparations" suit. She was a federal employee...and there is a clear conflict of interest - if not light of claimants receiving $70,000 for same.

Come on - WaPo! Do your jobs.

Posted by: joesmithdefend | August 13, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Government lucky to get off with just $300,000 settlement -- if that's really the case.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | August 13, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Why would Vilsack be calling for a probe when he was the one who fired her!!! Looks like a big conflict of interest!! It certainly would not be an impartial probe.

Posted by: annnort | August 14, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

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