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Thursday, March 29, 2007


The AG Lied? No Way!

What! Not another malcontent with an ax to grind. Kyle Sampson snitched on his former boss, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales today, in open court, no less, telling us all that the AG was, in fact, briefed on the whole affair involving the firing of Republican, federally appointed prosecutors.

No wonder why he's the "FORMER" aide.

Sampson implicated Harriet Miers, the president's top lawyer, as well as his old boss. Maybe the thought of Scooter Libby in prison orange came across his mind or something. After all, it's why we put those laws on the books in the first place, isn't it?

"I don't think the attorney general's statement that he was not involved in any discussions of U.S. attorney removals was accurate,"
Sampson to the Senate Judiciary Committee

Lots of fluff there, huh? In other words, Kyle might have said, "Al's a liar!"

"I remember discussing with him this process of asking certain U.S. attorneys to resign,"

This contradicts in its entirety all that Gonzales has been saying about his part - or non-part - in the firings of these prosecutors, all of which who had been confirmed before the US Senate. The reasons for the firings are now obvious: The Patriot Act had a little clause put in it at the very last moment which stated that the President could fire all who work "at his pleasure", such as these attorneys, and appoint anyone he chose to the positions without senate confirmation. The Senate and House have passed a bill in recent days to get that little oversight's oversight changed.

Ouch! They've taken away one of GW's toys! Now don't let anyone tell you that winning the Senate in 2006 wasn't important. It surely was, and still is.

The AG kept trying to put himself on the periphery of this, what has now become, scandal by telling everyone and anyone that he: A) didn't remember anything; or B) Simply was never told

His story keeps changing.

In quasi-related news, White House press secretary Tony Snow's cancer has returned and he will be incapacitated for awhile. We do wish him a speedy recovery, not only for his sake, but for the sake of his deputy and fill-in, Dana Perino, who is going to have to be the front-person for this administration while the truth creeps (and I do mean "creeps") out.

"I'm going to have to let the attorney general speak for himself,"

Here's your potato, Al. Be careful, it's hot.

AG Gonzales is going to have to appear in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in three weeks (April 17). As Perino said, "It's a long time," and it could either be beneficial to Gonzales (in allowing him time to prepare a sacrificial lamb) or hurt him even worse (the American People aren't going to be MORE on his side as this whole thing gets older).

Look for the White House and supporters of the AG to come out with a whole slew of "Democrats hate Hispanic-Americans" kind of stuff over the next few days and weeks. It's there way of making a bad political thing into a good political thing.

And look for Gonzales not to make it until that April 17 date as Attorney General. His political career, attached so solidly to President Bush's carriage, appears to be at an end.

-Noah Greenberg

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