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Specter and Leahy Lay Into Gonzales

Paul Liel at TPM Muckracker on the latest Gonzales/DOJ Hearing opening statements:

If there's been a more brutal treatment of a cabinet official before Congress in recent memory, I haven't seen it.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Arlen Specter (R-PA) failed to disguise their contempt for Alberto Gonzales in their opening statements. Leahy, after running down the laundry list of Gonzales' failures and instances of questionable testimony, said that the administration's stance on their surveillance programs was "just trust us." Well, "I don't trust you," said Leahy.

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I'm a little surprised Spector didn't get the memo. Gonzales is cleaning up the Department of Justice. Schumer is steaming. Maybe that's why you are rapid fire posting.

The Chief Executive must control the Department of Justice to carry out his sworn duties to enforce the law. The polity, through its election of that executive, must have some defense against the highjacking of the Department of Justice by career professionals subservient to the legislature, the funding mechanism for the DoJ.

It's in the Constitution; it is a liberal argument. Were the partisanship reversed, you'd see it in a minute.

Dishonest partisan sophists. spits.

Lee Ward:

"Gonzales is cleaning up the Department of Justice"

Gonzales is telling lies to excuse his previous lies.

The Emperor has no clothes, kim, and the world knows it.


You mean Schumer's been undressed.

Where are Comey, McCarthy, McNulty? Whence Fitz?


I've a clue to Spector's behaviour.


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