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Georgetown’s Marty Lederman has a zinger:
Mr. Attorney General, in your written statement to this Committee, you insist that “[w]e must ensure that all the facts surrounding the situation are brought to full light.”
Truer words were never spoken.
Because it is now beyond doubt that officials in the White House had significant involvement in the creation and development of the list that was presented to you — and because the ultimate decision to remove the U.S. Attorneys was made by the President — we would need full disclosure of communications within the White House, and between White House and DOJ officials, in order to bring all the relevant facts to “full light.”
The President ordinarily does not assert Executive privilege without a recommendation to that effect from the Attorney General. Will you assure us today that you will recommend to the President that he not assert any alleged privilege in order to withhold from Congress communications that occurred within the White House (and in RNC databases) that would shed light on those facts?
As pieces in Time magazine and several papers have made clear in the last week, Gonzales appears to be motivated by an intention to conceal the role of the White House in the entire affair. There is a truly remarkable coincidence between his “memory failures” and White House involvement. So it’s clear where the questioners need to concentrate their inquiries in the House Judiciary Committee today.
More from Scott Horton:
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Freddie Gray’s relatives arrived for the trial in the afternoon, after the prep-school kids had left. By their dress, they seemed to have just gotten off work in the medical and clerical fields. The family did not appear at ease in the courtroom. They winced and dropped their heads as William Porter and his fellow officer Zachary Novak testified to opening the doors of their police van last April and finding Freddie paralyzed, unresponsive, with mucus pooling at his mouth and nose. Four women and one man mournfully listened as the officers described needing to get gloves before they could touch him.
The first of six Baltimore police officers to be brought before the court for their treatment of Freddie Gray, a black twenty-five-year-old whose death in their custody was the immediate cause of the city’s uprising last spring, William Porter is young, black, and on trial. Here in this courtroom, in this city, in this nation, race and the future seem so intertwined as to be the same thing.
Pairs of moose-dung earrings sold each year at Grizzly’s Gifts in Anchorage, Alaska:
An Alaskan brown bear was reported to have scratched its face with barnacled rocks, making it the first bear seen using tools since 1972, when a Svalbardian polar bear is alleged to have clubbed a seal in the head with a block of ice.
A former prison in Philadelphia that has served as a horror-movie set was being prepared as a detention center for protesters arrested at the upcoming Democratic National Convention, and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump fired his campaign manager.
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