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Impeach Gonzales
Tue Jul 24, 2007 15:10
 

Impeach Gonzales
by kos
Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 11:29:57 AM PDT
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Check out this exchange with Republican Sen. Arlen Specter.

S: How can you get approval from sedated Ashcroft?

G: Can I continue?

S: No, answer my question.

G: Obviously there was concern about Ashcroft's condition. There are no rules governing when Ashcroft decides he is well enough.

S: He had given us AG duties.

G: We knew he was ill...

S: Not making progress. Moving on. Do you think constitution govt can survive if Pres has unilateral authority to reject congress inquiries for Exec Privilege and prevent prosecution of claim?

G: Ongoing matter, I am recused, I cannot answer.

S: I am asking about constitutional law.

G: You are talking about an on-going issue.

S: No. Answer.

G: I won't answer - it is ongoing controversy and I am recused.

Leahy: Calls for decorum (room is protesting).

S: Won't pursue. This is hopeless. You are not just AG, you are a lawyer. This is a fundamental issues separate from USA resignations. Other subject. Do you have a conflict regarding the firing of US AGs?

G: Yes.

S: Do you have a conflict of interest about Miers?

G: Yes. I won't answer.

S: Let's find one you will answer. How about death penalty case? Charlton contacted your office and said case was not appropriate for dp. Testimony that AG spent 5-10 minutes on the issue...is this accurate?

G: I have no specific recollection of this case. But we have a detailed process for capital case review.

S: I am not interested in that. I want an answer to my question. You don't remember a case regarding a man's execution?

G: I have no recollection of the conversation.

S: Do you disagree with the testimony?

G: I can't agree or disagree.

Such hubris and disrespect for Congress (including its minority), that I don't think 17 Republican votes to convict are out of the question.

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Gonzales granted Cheney clemency review powers?
by Kagro X
Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 12:35:48 PM PDT

During today's Senate Judiciary Committee fireworks, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse grilled the shameless Alberto Gonzales about a May 2006 memo under Gonzales' signature, granting the Vice President and his counsel and chief of staff clearance to communicate directly with DOJ personnel on any matter under DOJ jurisdiction.

Gonzales "answered" with all of his usual hemming and hawing, including his profession that he didn't really know why such powers would be granted. Or how such a memo would get signed. By him.

But Raw Story has some more on the memo. Among the matters under DOJ jurisdiction which the Vice President was apparently granted thereby: "Presidential Clemency Matters."

Did Cheney's office intervene in Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's sentence?

Tony Snow wouldn't deny it.

You're already seeing the ancillary benefits of impeaching Gonzales.

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