It’s Not the Lies, It’s the Obviousness

Brian Zick

Dan Eggen for WaPo documents a laundry list of contradictions - well, bald faced transparently cynical lies - told under oath by Alberto Gonzales and his staff: In testimony on Jan. 18, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales assured the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Justice Department had no intention of avoiding Senate input on the hiring of U.S. attorneys.Just a month earlier, D. Kyle Sampson, who was then Gonzales's chief of staff, laid out a plan to do just that. In an e-mail, he detailed a strategy for evading Arkansas Democrats in installing Tim Griffin, a former GOP operative and protege of presidential adviser Karl Rove, as the U.S. attorney in Little Rock."We should gum this to death," Sampson wrote to a White House aide on Dec. 19. "[A]sk the senators to give Tim a chance … then we can tell them we'll look for other candidates, ask them for recommendations, evaluate the recommendations, interview their candidates, and otherwise run out the clock. All of this should be done in 'good faith,' of course." And for being such a rare occurrence, this article sure does note a lotta folks commenting on the idea of prosecuting people for lying to Congress.

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