The Gonzales Defense

Here’s what state Inspector General Kristine Hamann just said about the notion of a conflict of interest in her investigation into Spitzer aide Rich Baum, who she reports to:

“You might want to know the federal inspector general, Glenn Fine, who reports to Alberto Gonzales, is investigating Alberto Gonzales.”

She later said any investigation into Baum “would not have brought final resolution” to the issue, since the Albany district attorney was still reviewing the issue for criminal wrongdoing.