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Mukasey Dodges Senators’ Grilling on Waterboarding

During a visit to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Attorney General Michael Mukasey irked certain senators by wiggling out of directly stating whether or not he believes that waterboarding is a form of torture, an expected but apparently exasperating dodge in the estimation of Sens. Edward Kennedy and Patrick Leahy, among others.

Posted on Jan 30, 2008 READ MORE


Ted Kennedy

The Mukasey Debate

If you can’t say it any better than Ted Kennedy, why try? We certainly won’t. Here, the former Truthdigger of the Week speaks for us all as he lays out the case against Mukasey.

Posted on Nov 9, 2007 READ MORE


Dems Set to Cave on Mukasey

It looks as though Michael Mukasey is one step closer to becoming attorney general, having secured the support of Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Charles Schumer. Judiciary Committee Chairman (and former Truthdigger of the Week) Pat Leahy, on the other hand, plans to vote no, because “No American should need a classified briefing to determine whether waterboarding is torture.”

Posted on Nov 2, 2007 READ MORE


Team Cheney Sits on Wiretapping Documents

On Monday, Vice President Dick Cheney’s office allowed that it has “dozens of documents” detailing the Bush administration’s controversial warrant-free overseas wiretapping program, according to The Washington Post, but it doesn’t seem likely that Cheney’s cohorts will fork them over without a struggle. 

Posted on Aug 21, 2007 READ MORE


Leahy

Leahy Snaps at White House Stonewaller

Bush lackey Scott Jennings gives Sen. Pat Leahy the broken-record treatment, which has become so familiar. Witness Leahy’s frustration break as Jennings refuses even to describe his duties: “Let’s not be too contemptuous of this committee. ... You work at the White House. You’re paid for by taxpayers. You work for the American people. I’m just asking you what kind of work you do.”

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’: It’s Go Time

Jon Stewart breaks down the White House’s reaction to Karl Rove’s subpoena and marvels at Tony Snow’s fondness for Yiddish.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Ron Edmonds, File

Rove Subpoenaed in U.S. Attorney Firing Case

Add Karl Rove to the mix of White House bigwigs whose feet may be put to the fire by the Senate Judiciary Committee in relation to the U.S. attorney firing scandal, which has jeopardized Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (even though his cronies continue to support him). 

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

Alberto Gonzales’ Hearing Problems

Jon Stewart tackles “the K-2 of obfuscation”—Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ latest sideshow before Congress.

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


Bush
tdhstrategies.com

Bush Scoffs at Subpoenas

The president is sick and tired of those Democrats and their pesky checks and balances and will not allow his aides to testify, as summoned, before the Senate. Bush and his legal team are relying on executive privilege—the notion that what happens in the White House stays in the White House. But Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy isn’t buying it.

Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE


Subpoenas Out for VP’s Office, White House

The Senate Judiciary Committee is going big-game hunting with a slew of subpoenas related to the Bush administration’s controversial eavesdropping program.  Chairman Patrick Leahy has signed subpoenas for Dick Cheney’s office, the White House, the Justice Department and the National Security Council.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


Senate Panel Demands Gonzales-Rove E-Mails

The Senate Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Alberto Gonzales on Wednesday, demanding in full any e-mails between the attorney general and Karl Rove. Committee Chairman Pat Leahy also warned Gonzales that if wants to avoid further subpoenas, he’d better provide previously requested information, as promised.

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE


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washingtonpost.com

Gonzales Grilled by Senate Committee

Facing the music (and some skeptical senators) Thursday about the U.S. attorney firing controversy, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales insisted that he had not acted out of any politically motivated impulses or pressures and had nothing to hide about his role in handing eight federal lawyers their pink slips.

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 READ MORE


Aide: U.S. Attorney Firings Were Politically Motivated

According to prepared remarks obtained in advance of his testimony, Alberto Gonzales’ former chief of staff believes the eight U.S. attorneys were fired for political reasons: “A U.S. attorney who is unsuccessful from a political perspective ... is unsuccessful.” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy warned that even Gonzales’ resignation would not derail his investigation into the firings.

Posted on Mar 28, 2007 READ MORE


Leahy

Senate Scoffs at Bush Offer

The Senate told Bush to shove his “take it or leave it” offer and ordered subpoenas for key figures in the U.S. attorney scandal. Sen. Pat Leahy had this to say about the president’s above-the-law attitude: “A system of justice does not serve at the pleasure of any person in this country.”

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Threatens Constitutional Showdown

The president gave Congress an ultimatum Tuesday regarding testimony in the U.S. attorney scandal: His aides will talk in private and off the record or not at all. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy balked at the proposal, setting up a possible constitutional showdown over executive privilege. Bush continued to dismiss the scandal, even as the Senate voted to require confirmation of U.S. attorneys.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


Leahy
ABC News

Sen. Leahy Determined to Subpoena Karl Rove

Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., made it clear on Sunday’s “This Week” that he is determined to get to the bottom of the U.S. attorneys scandal and, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, will use subpoenas to do it: “I want testimony under oath. I am sick and tired of getting half-truths on this.” Leahy said he wanted to hear from Karl Rove, Harriet Miers and other administration officials linked to the firings.

Posted on Mar 18, 2007 READ MORE


Steve Bradbury

Bush, Infallible to His Sycophants

Testifying before Congress yesterday, the Justice Department’s top lawyer had a succinct answer to a question posed by a senator about whether Bush was wrong or right in his interpretation of the Supreme Court’s Hamdan case: “The President is always right.”

Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE



From Comedy Central via Salon.com

Sen. Leahy Smacks Gonzales Around in Video

Leahy, exasperated at Alberto Gonzales’ refusal to answer questions about Bush’s spying program, lets rip a Jon Stewart-quality zinger: “Of course, Mr. Attorney General, I forgot. You can’t answer any questions that might be relevant to this.” | video

Posted on Feb 10, 2006 READ MORE


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