Friday, March 30, 2007

Gonzo Lied

Gonzales Lied
Sampson Contradicts Gonzales of Firing Scandal at Senate Hearing
In testimony that is likely to ratchet up the pressure on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Kyle Sampson, his former top aide, directly contradicted his old boss in testimony Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Despite earlier denials from Gonzales, Sampson said he thought it was inaccurate for Gonzales to state that he was not involved in discussions regarding the firings of eight U.S. attorneys in 2006.

“I don’t think it’s entirely accurate what he said,” Sampson said, under questioning from Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

At issue is a Nov. 27 meeting in which the plan to oust the U.S. attorneys was discussed. Sampson said Gonzales was present
“I shared information with anybody who wanted it,” Sampson said, describing the process by which the firing decisions were made as “open” and “collaborative.”

Sampson also testified that Gonzales knew about the Justice Department’s effort to weed out weak U.S. attorneys since the spring of 2005 and was repeatedly consulted — at least five times — before the bulk of the plan was carried out on Dec. 7, 2006. He also said the attorney general signed off on the final plan to fire the U.S. attorneys.

“The decision-makers in this case were the attorney general and the counsel to the president,” Sampson

Senate Judiciary Committee
Kyle Sampson, hearing

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) grills Sampson

tpmtv several videos worth watching.



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