Carol Platt Liebau: A Conflict, or Not?

Saturday, March 24, 2007

A Conflict, or Not?

It's being reported that the Attorney General attended a meeting in which he signed off on the US attorneys already slated for firing.

The Democrats are seizing on this fact as an admission that the Attorney General lied to Congress. Not so fast.

There's a big difference between being involved in the selection and the process of impending firings, on the one hand, and simply signing off on a selection process (and selections) that have already been made, on the other. One constitutes "involvement" and one is simply fulfilling the administrative responsibilities of the Attorney General.

If Attorney General Gonzalez lied to Congress, he must go. Whether he did so, however, remains unclear. And it would be a huge mistake for him to resign prematurely -- it won't do anything to assauge the Democrats' political bloodlust, and will only serve to validate the impression of scandal that the Democrats have been trying so hard to purvey.

6 Comments:

Blogger stackja1945 said...

The Dems and the MSM say there is a Bush scandel. According to the Dems and the MSM the Clintons never had and never will have a scandel. I await history's judgment on both.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Just get anyone in the Bush admin for anything, anyhow.

8:11 PM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

Him signing off on things he doesn't know about isn't going to fly. That would be incompetence and is as lame as Scooter having a bad memory.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Poison Pero said...

Gonzo should have retired a long time ago for doing a poor job......The firing of the attorney's should have happened a long time ago as well.

If he couldn't bring Berger to justice, then he was completely useless.

1:02 AM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

Carol,

Now that you've admitted that Gonzo must go if he lied, now you need to ask an even bigger question.

Why did he lie?

Was he instructed by Bush to lie?

Did his lie cover up wrongdoing?

Or did he just lie because he had no reason to since he's a nice guy and Bush is a nice guy and it was all a mistake?

There has to be a reason.

Why did he lie?

3:33 PM  
Blogger Carol Platt Liebau said...

FYI: Simply because I've said that the Attorney General should go if he lied to Congress, that doesn't mean that I have concluded that he did lie.

8:10 PM  

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