Speaking of Contempt: Alberto Gonzalez

Attorney General Gonzalez (“AG AG” if you prefer) testified before the Senate on Tuesday. Doubtless, you already know it was a disaster on par with his previous testimony. Arlen Spector (R-PA), who isn’t exactly a frothing-at-the-mouth left-winger, effectively suggested to Sen. Leahy (D-VT) that Gonzalez had perjured himself. TPM Muckraker has pretty much shown already that Gonzalez’s claim that he went to see Ashcroft in the hospital at the prerogative of a bipartisan Congressional group is bogus.

Slate’s take on the whole thing is pretty harsh as well. This is a trainwreck, and it is a sign that the executive branch is totally out of control that it refuses to rid itself of Gonzalez. Gonzalez is a man so incompetent that he actually makes John Ashcroft look good. Think about that. John. Ashcroft.

Meanwhile a WP article summarizes Conyers’s memo arguing that the US attorney firings may well be criminal.


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