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The Washington Post reports this morning on a private meeting that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales conducted on Wednesday with U.S. attorneys from around the country in San Antonio.
More than a dozen U.S. attorneys spoke during the morning session, most of them expressing concern to Gonzales about the scandal’s impact on their own offices and the overall image of the department, several participants said.
“People were very plainspoken,” said one U.S. attorney, who along with others interviewed spoke on the condition of anonymity because the session was private. “The overwhelming majority of the comments were about the controversy and how people are still not happy in the way things were going…”
“There is no secret that a lot of us are still pretty upset by this, and at the impact it’s having on an institution we love,” one U.S. attorney said. “At the same time, there is a desire to get on with our work.”
Let’s see: You’re a prosecutor and your boss has perjured himself repeatedly in sworn testimony before Congress, withheld evidence and taken other extreme steps to obstruct an investigation into potentially criminal conduct. He blocks most lines of inquiry with convenient memory lapses about events and documents–and it is later revealed that he reviewed those documents just before going in to testify. The Associated Press then reports that many of the documents that Gonzales insists on withholding will establish that he lied about the scope of the U.S. attorneys purge and the involvement of the White House in the purge. Is there any reason to be concerned about that?
It would depend on whether your interest is in law enforcement or political pranks in the guise of law enforcement. The U.S. attorneys who are not in a state of rage against Gonzales are the ones to be worried about.
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.
The new docudrama The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) isn’t really about Orenthal James Simpson. It’s about the trials that ran alongside his — those informal, unboundaried, court-of-public-opinion trials in which evidence was heard for and against the murder victims, the defense and the prosecution, the judge, the jury, and the Los Angeles Police Department, to say nothing of white and black America. History has freed us from suspense about Simpson’s verdict, so that the man himself (played here by Cuba Gooding Jr.) is less the tragic hero he seemed in the mid-Nineties than a curiously minor character. He comes to the center of our attention only once, in Episode 2, at the end of the lengthy Ford Bronco chase scene — which in real life was followed by a surreal cavalcade of police cars and media helicopters, as well as an estimated 95 million live viewers — when Simpson repeatedly, and with apparent sincerity, apologizes for taking up so much of so many people’s time. It is an uncannily ordinary moment of social decorum, a sort of could-you-please-pass-the-salt gesture on a sinking Titanic, in which Simpson briefly becomes more than just an archetype.
Amount an auditor estimated last year that Oregon could save each year by feeding prisoners less food:
Kentucky is the saddest state.
An Italian economist was questioned on suspicion of terrorism after a fellow passenger on an American Airlines flight witnessed him writing differential equations on a pad of paper.
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