03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama, Ritter Standing By Villafuerte Despite GOP Attacks

President Barack Obama on Friday stood behind Stephanie Villafuerte, his nominee for Colorado U.S. attorney, while state Republicans called for her to either withdraw her nomination or answer questions about whether she may have acted inappropriately during the 2006 gubernatorial campaign.

Villafuerte, currently Gov. Bill Ritter's deputy chief of staff, has refused to explain what types of conversations she had with representatives from the Denver district attorney's office in the days before and after a restricted federal database was accessed, perhaps for political purposes.

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