So says Pete Domenici, when asked by Andrea Mitchell whether he would testify before Congress if asked. ThinkProgress points out that a conversation between Rove and Domenici closely preceded David Iglesias' firing. But I'll go further, and raise this report.
In the spring of 2006, Domenici told Gonzales he wanted Iglesias out.
As I've explained before, I used to consult for a big automotive company, working primarily in Asia (the job got moved to Asia earlier this year). I flew several times a year to Asia. So for the past several years, I've been an "Elite Level" flyer for Northwest. Which means I get bumped up to First Class pretty consistently.
Back in February, during my first trip home from the Libby trial, I
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I've got just a few minutes before I've got to pack up for DC. But I wanted to point out a curious detail about the WaPo's story on NSLs: the centrality of PFIAB in it. The story, of course, reveals that Gonzales received reports of violations of National Security Letter procedures, and then went into Congress and said there had been no problems with the program.
HJC has announced the list of witnesses for Wednesday's hearing on Libby's get-out-of-jail-free. They are:Joe Wilson: You guys know him, I think. I suspect he'll talk about how Bush and Cheney are involved in this case.Roger Adams, US DOJ Pardon Attorney. He'll end up talking about the normal process for commutation.
Credit where it's due. Tom Maguire hits all the right notes about this Novak book excerpt, save one. He notes that Novak's story has a way of changing with the seasons.
Interesting. This old post has the Novak version before he was willing to name Armitage; here is Novak (post-"Hubris") rebutting Armitage's version.
There are subtle shifts in the story - now we are told that "Hementioned her first name, Valerie",
Fitzgerald's filing in response to Judge Walton's request for clarification on Libby's magical disappearing prison sentence has the feel of bitter duty. Much of it is an attempt to stave off any attempt by Libby's lawyers to disappear even the supervised release.
As discussed more fully below, it is the governmentâ€™s position that the supervised release term remains operative, and that, by effect of the commutation, the supervised release term began on
I'm supposed to be doing something else entirely. But I'm going to raise a point that I've raised already--because it sure seems like Democrats are sleeping through the Constitution.
Paul Clement, in his explanation of why BushCo could invoke executive privilege in the USA scandal, claimed
that the President has "nondelegable Presidential power" "to nominate orto remove U.S.
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Wow. When I railed on Mikey Isikoff's horribly conflicted coverage of the CIA Leak case while on Sam Seder's show today, I had not yet read Mikey's latest blowjob to Karl Rove. But this is truly shameful stuff. First, Mikey provides tons of details that make it clear that the White House has scrupulously tried to pretend no one influenced Bush in untoward manner ...
As a teaser for the post I keep promising, but never delivering (identifying the document from which I think Cheney learned of Plame's identity), I'm going to make a quick point about Cheney's request to the CIA on June 10, 2003 for information on Wilson's trip. This email, written by Robert Grenier's Executive Assistant (but not seen by Grenier, if we can believe his trial testimony), repeats the story that Cheney
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ThinkProgress had a piece the other day about Stephen Hadley visiting the Hill and blaming the military for the failure in Iraq.
Two weeks ago, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) shifted his position on Iraqin a speech on the Senate floor, where he called for a reduction of theU.S. military presence. After the speech, National Security AdviserStephen Hadley attempted to â€œcalm Republican watersâ€ over Iraq with avisit to the Hill, but his efforts
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281 days. That's how long--by my admittedly rough count--Jeff Taylor has been serving as Interim USA for DC. He's been serving roughly 21 days since George Bush signed a law that effectively did away with the PATRIOT appointment he currently serves under. Yet there he is, a former DOJ clique-member, Counselor to the Attorney General for four years, and before that Counsel to the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee.
Yet come Wednesday, when
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Via Rawstory ... boy, Sara Taylor is pathetic. Faced with the likelihood that the Senate will hold her in contempt when she blows them off on Wednesday, her lawyer offers no legal argument, but a plea for pity.
Until six weeks ago, Ms. Taylor was Director of the Office of Political Affairs in the White House.
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Big Media Matt and Brendan Nyhan and Tom Maguire are puzzling over what motive Bush might have for commuting Libby's sentence. Since Maguire was helpful enough to quote from Team USA, I'll offer an explanation offered by Team Libby. (I could point to a number of Fitzgerald quotes about clouds and VicePresidents that Maguire is overlooking, but I find that Jeffress isbetter at soundbite than Fitzgerald.) In his closing argument, Bill
At least that's what I'm wild-arsed-guessing from Libby's latest addition to his legal team. From the docket:
NOTICE OF ATTORNEY APPEARANCE: Gregory Lawrence Poe appearing for I. LEWIS LIBBY (Poe, Gregory) (Entered: 07/06/2007)
Greg Poe is from the same firm as Lawrence Robbins (the guy who argued for bond and deigned to tell Judge Walton how Scalia would rule on the Appointments Clause appeal).
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I mentioned in my celebration of Jeralyn my friend whose clients never get the luxury of Presidential commutations. Well, he says this is an accurate quote, so I thought I'd let him have his say on Libby's commutation.
David Moran, associate dean of the Wayne State University Law School,said Libby's commutation directly contradicts the Justice Department'sposition in the case of Victor Rita, a highly decorated veteranimprisoned for perjury under circumstances strikingly similar
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I had a funny conversation about Libby's commutation the other with a friend who has argued several cases before SCOTUS--he pointed out that since he defends real thugs whose prosecutions included irregularities, his clients don't get considered for commutation. Like him, Jeralyn spends a lot of time dealing with clients who get none of the benefits accorded to Libby on Monday.
In my post on the felon of considerable means, rhfactor noted that Libby's check paying his fine was dated July 2--the same day Bush obstructed justice commuted Libby's prison sentence. What a coinkydink, huh?
But I checked with the good folks at the Prettyman Courthouse, and at least on the surface, there's nothing untoward about the date.
James Fallows repeats a fascinating story Gary Hart and Lee Hamilton told him about the Hart-Rudman Commission.
Early in 2001, the commission presented a report to the incoming G.W. Bush administration warning that terrorismwould be the nation's greatest national security problem, and sayingthat unless the United States took proper protective measures aterrorist attack was likely within its borders.
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Let me say straight out. Punishing Bush's commutation of Libby's sentence with censure would be like punishing Libby's obstruction of justice with just 400 hours of community service. It would simply reinforce the notion that Bush's Administration is above the law. It would be a punishment wholly unfit for the crime that has been committed:
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I'm with Howie and Josh. I think we ought not assume that, because two GOP Senators mired in scandal jump ship, it reflects widespread dissatisfaction with Bush's failing war in Iraq.
The two rats in question are Senator Domenici, who will have a real challenge for re-election next year. Reid has effectively challenged Domenici to put his votes where his mouth is next week, at which point Domenici might cave.
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