March 23, 2007
Purgegate: The Latest 03-22-07Only one of the U.S. Attorneys fired truly had performance issues: Kevin Ryan of San Francisco, a "loyal Bushie" that was grudgingly added to the list by the DOJ at the last minute because he could be a public relations liability.
The lead prosecutor of the DOJ team against tobacco companies said Bush loyalists in the department interfered and weakened the case.
The Senate Judiciary Committee joins the House and voted to authorize subpoenas against White House Officials. Whereas Chuck Grassley (R-IA) clearly voted yes on the subpoena -- so much for Bush's charge of "partisanship" -- Arlen Specter (R-VA) wanted the Senate to settle with "what (they) can get" from the White House. He was shot down by the clearly indignant Pat Leahy (D-VT):
Alberto Gonzales says he won't resign for the sake of "protecting our kids".
Rudy Giuliani says Gonzales should be given the benefit of the doubt and allowed to explain. Sure Rudy, under oath.
Tom DeLay says the attorney firings is a "manufactured scandal". Sounds like he knows something we don't know. Care to testify under oath too, Tom?
The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hear testimony from D. Kyle Sampson, Gonzales's former chief of staff, next Thursday.
Tony Snow's new talking point: Congress doesn't have oversight ability over the White House.
Based on e-mail exchanges between D. Kyle Sampson and Harriet Miers, Bush may know more about the U.S. Attorney firings than formerly admitted by the White House.
House Judiciary Committe rejects Bush's offer of closed-door, no-oath, no-transcript interviews with White House staff.
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