BUSH’S LAW: THE REMAKING OF AMERICAN JUSTICE
By Eric Lichtblau
Pantheon Books, 334 pages, $26.95
Back in another world, my undergraduate days in the early 1980’s, a roommate of mine loved the tidbit (gleaned from my Washington childhood) that if you uttered certain words on a long-distance call, a transcript might end up on Read More
What is most notable about President Bush’s decision to nominate Michael Mukasey for Attorney General is how tightly his hands were tied. This is not the selection the president would have made if he had a solid approval rating and if his party still controlled the Senate.
But all of his dwindling political capital is Read More
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 Read More
A number of conservatives have tried to make the argument that there's an obvious parallel between Alberto Gonzales, who was criticized for his lack of candor when testifying before congress, and Eliot Spitzer, whose top aides came under fire for their lack of cooperation when questioned by Read More
Chuck Schumer defended Eliot Spitzer and said everyone should move forward and "point to the future."
Someone at New York 1 News sent over a clip of the yet-to-be-aired interview with Schumer. In it, Schumer said:
I find him to be hands on, I find him to be smart. People make mistakes. No question Read More
With Monday cable coverage caroming back and forth from the resignation of US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to the plea agreement for disgraced NFL quarterback Michael Vick, viewers could be forgiven for thinking that a White House now run by one of the world’s more ineffectual Major League Baseball franchise owners could benefit from a Read More
Word of Alberto Gonzales’ surprise resignation broke at about 8:30 this morning and within minutes there was a clear front-runner to succeed him: Michael Chertoff, who now runs the Homeland Security Department. (Chertoff’s name actually emerged before the embattled Gonzales stepped aside.)
A Justice Department press conference has been scheduled Read More
The New York Times is reporting that the U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will announce his resignation later this morning:
Mr. Gonzales, who had rebuffed calls for his resignation, submitted his to President Bush by telephone on Friday, [a senior administration official] said. His decision was not immediately announced, the official added, until Read More
While politicians of both parties have repeatedly denounced Alberto Gonzales for public mendacity and abuse of office, a few of them finally have stepped up to do what must be done. On July 31, Representative Jay Inslee (D-WA) and, as of this writing, at least five colleagues—four of them former prosecutors—filed a resolution directing the Read More
If it’s true that Orrin Hatch is “campaigning” to succeed Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General, then he surely helped his cause on Sunday.
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” with Chuck Schumer, one of four Democrats now pushing for an independent counsel to probe possible perjury on the part of Mr. Gonzales, the Utah Senator vehemently Read More