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Quagmire Deepens for Gonzales

Posted on Mar 29, 2007

The crumb trail of evidence in the U.S. attorney firing scandal leads ever more convincingly to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales following today’s testimony by his ex-chief of staff, Kyle Sampson.  According to Sampson, both Gonzales and Harriet Miers, President Bush’s former counsel, “approved” and “signed off on” the plan to oust the eight federal prosecutors. 

New York Times:

Responding to questions from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Sampson rejected the notion that the dismissals were ordered by young or inexperienced Justice Department officials.

“The decision makers in this case were the attorney general and the counsel to the president,’’ he told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Gonzales and Miers were deeply involved for two years in discussions about which prosecutors to fire, according to Sampson’s testimony and e-mails released by the Justice Department.

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By Druthers, March 29, 2007 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment
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Most of these firings took place in states targeted as crucial for the 2008 elections.  The apointment of Rove’s boy is an indication of the real reasons.  It looks as though the planting of an article in the “dead of night” to by-pass the Senate confirmation of appointees is premeditation.

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By Squidink, March 29, 2007 at 6:54 pm Link to this comment
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Attorney General Gonzales among officials who allegedly ignored sexual abuse of minor boys

Embattled AG now accused in teen sex scandal ‘cover-up’

Oh, I’m sure he’s a swell guy.

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By Lee, March 29, 2007 at 6:05 pm Link to this comment
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We should have as a qualification for all folks running for office.

As an example they could take Ritters pop quiz on the mid east and be quized by other folks in the know around the world. 

The quiz may have helped Bush. I Cannot understand why Bush does not remember his history of Vietnam?

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By R. F. Green, March 29, 2007 at 4:08 pm Link to this comment
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Its amazing 8 men lost their jobs, but some of those in the “Executive Branch” who control millions of peoples lives, trillions of dollars in revenue, are gaurdians of our “Countrys Freedoms”,can’t remember,won’t be questioned under oath.  After 4 years of “Cowboy Diplomacy” i can only say…Diogenes, where the hell are you when we need you?

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By Rolonda, March 29, 2007 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment
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At least someone who worked in the white house can speak the truth

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By Jim Webb, March 29, 2007 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment
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Bush’s war against the justice system by coining the “activist judges” phrase a long time ago, created contempt in the minds of the public for anyone in the system who doesn’t see things his way.  The strategy is obvious.  I don’t understand why people can’t see the agenda in progress.

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By Quy Tran, March 29, 2007 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment
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If your dog bitten your neighbor to dead what should you do to your wild beast ? Give him a medal or just shoot him. I don’t think Bush could have an intelligent answer !

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By vet240, March 29, 2007 at 11:22 am Link to this comment
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Why does history repeat itself with such regularity?

Nixon picked Agnew as his first VP. Agnew went on to become a convicted Felon after resigning his post. Nixon went on to direct and attempted cover up evidence in the Watergate Scandal.

bush too, has picked some really play mates. It seems birds of a feather really do flock together.

I believe these firings were designed to send a message to the other 86 Federal Prosecuters that if they wanted their jobs they had better follow the Political agenda of the neo-con corporate representatives. Like reducing monetary punishments from 130 Billion to 19 Billion for the tobacco industry.

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