Thursday, May 10, 2007

WHITE HOUSE INVOLVEMENT Except for a brief, incomplete reference in this article, a crucial moment in today's House Judiciary Committee hearing appears to have gone completely unnoticed.

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales: "Did the White House ask you to seek the removal of any US Attorney?"

Gonzales responded with neither a denial nor a variation on "I do not recall." Instead, he provided a long-winded answer which included the phrase "it's conceivable that in those meeting there was some discussion about someone leaving..." before Scott (alas) cut him off.

This seems like a significant concession from Gonzales. For the first time, he appears to be granting that the White House may have been involved in the firing of US Attorneys. Which is a lawyerly way of going on the record with a hedge--in case evidence proving White House involvement emerges soon.

What am I missing?

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