Thursday, March 15, 2007

sub·poe·na : latin for "under a penalty (from the opening words of the writ)

Would anyone like to start a pool on how long Alberto "waterboard" Gonzales has before he gets the old heave-ho? It's not looking good for poor Alberto, even his defenders are having a hard time finding a reason for W. to keep him.

Darrell Issa told Judy Woodruff on the NewsHour on Tuesday, while desperatly trying to avoid the "R word": "We were lied to by well-meaning young men who came up to give testimony, that they were given false. And that irritates us beyond belief. And if it's the attorney general who had a hand in it, then he will have to step down." [Oh crap, did I just say that?]

And here we have this clown Noel Fransico, on NewsHour yesterday:

"Basically, with a decision like this, you have to bear in mind that you're running a 13,000-person organization whose primary issues, the primary policy agenda that the attorney general is pushing, is not the selection of U.S. attorneys, although they are a very important aspect."

You see, Gonzales has 13,000 people to oversee, he can't be concerned about a little thing like knowing what his chief of staff is up to, right under his nose. He's "running the FBI, tracking down terrorists," letting the FBI run amok issuing National Security Letters like drunken sailors on leave -- Like Kyle Sampson says, "[I]f we don't ever exercise it then what's the point of having it?" -- how could he possibly have known the White House had been pushing for these firings for at least two years?

Of course, as long as it's just a bunch of radical, partisan Democrats like Chuck Schumer -- we all know where's he's coming from -- calling for Gonzales to be fired, then there's no chance W. will pull the trigger. But, if more "moderate" voices in the Congress like say John Sununu start saying he should go, then you might see W. fire him.

Oh, what? He has! Sununu said late yesterday, "I think the attorney general should be fired."

Someone go find a sword for Al to fall on before the Senate starts issuing subpoenas -- Damn it, too late! AP reports:

"The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday cleared the way for subpoenas compelling five Justice Department officials and six of the U.S. attorneys they fired to tell the story of the purge that has prompted demands for the ouster of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. "

Supoenas! Can the the Senate even do that?

It looks like Kyle Sampson is about to become a house-hold word, the Senate is a little ticked off about being lied to. I guess, in this case, just quiting isn't going to be enough. Chuck Schumer -- we all know where he's coming from -- says: "There has been misleading statement after misleading statement, and these have been deliberately misleading statements."

Is he talking about perjury?

The WaPo reports: "The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers . . . called yesterday for investigations by Congress and a special prosecutor looking at 'whether any official has testified falsely in violation of federal perjury and obstruction of justice statutes.'"

Another special prosecutor? Say it ain't so!

The WaPo reports also that Sampson has hired a lawyer, Bradford A. Berenson. Get this, he worked under Gonzales in the White House counsel's office from 2001 to 2003." How insestuous. The way things have been going for the DoJ lately, I might get a lawyer outside the the building. Who knows what Berenson have been up to?


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