FILE- In this Feb. 22, 2011, file photo, Shirley Sherrod, the former Agriculture Department official who was forced to resign her position after being falsely accused of making racist comments, speaks in Atlanta. White House officials were in close contact with the Agriculture Department in the hours leading up to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's decision to fire Sherrod in 2010, according to nearly 2,000 pages of internal emails released by the administration. Emails obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act don't contradict Vilsack's assertion that he made the decision to oust Sherrod as the department's director of rural development in Georgia after an edited video of her making supposed racist remarks surfaced on a conservative website. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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FILE- In this Feb. 22, 2011, file photo, Shirley Sherrod, the former Agriculture Department official who was forced to resign her position after being falsely accused of making racist comments, speaks in Atlanta. White House officials were in close contact with the Agriculture Department in the hours leading up to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's decision to fire Sherrod in 2010, according to nearly 2,000 pages of internal emails released by the administration. Emails obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act don't contradict Vilsack's assertion that he made the decision to oust Sherrod as the department's director of rural development in Georgia after an edited video of her making supposed racist remarks surfaced on a conservative website. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
FILE- In this Feb. 22, 2011, file photo, Shirley Sherrod, the former Agriculture Department official who was forced to resign her position after being falsely accused of making racist comments, speaks in Atlanta. White House officials were in close contact with the Agriculture Department in the hours leading up to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's decision to fire Sherrod in 2010, according to nearly 2,000 pages of internal emails released by the administration. Emails obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act don't contradict Vilsack's assertion that he made the decision to oust Sherrod as the department's director of rural development in Georgia after an edited video of her making supposed racist remarks surfaced on a conservative website. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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