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July 21st, 2010
08:07 PM ET

Vilsack, White House apologize to former USDA official

CNN Wire Staff

Sherrod says she accepts Vilsack's apology

Sherrod says she accepts Vilsack's apology

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday he apologized to Shirley Sherrod for forcing her to resign from her government job in Georgia based on incomplete and misleading reports of a speech she gave.

Vilsack told reporters that he alone made the decision regarding Sherrod, with no White House involvement.

He spoke to Sherrod earlier Wednesday and said he asked for her forgiveness, which she gave. Vilsack also said he offered Sherrod another job in the department, and she was taking a few days to think about it.

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