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Thursday, July 26, 2007

And Now, the Senate Steps Up.

Via TPMmuckraker:

Senate Democrats are calling for a special counsel to investigate whether Alberto Gonzales perjured himself in testimony before Congress, MSNBC is reporting.

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will be holding a press conference shortly.

Last night, a document was discovered that directly contradicts Gone-zales' sworn testi-lying.

Gonzales repeatedly insisted to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that the “emergency” White House briefing on March 10, and his later visit to Ashcroft’s hospital room that night, did not involve the president’s Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP)—a program that administration officials have said involves eavesdropping, without court warrants, of persons inside the country suspected of communicating with Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists overseas.


But the little-noticed letter from Negroponte last year to former House Speaker Dennis Hastert appears to undermine Gonzales’s account. Dated May 17, 2006, the letter declassifies “the dates, locations and names of members of Congress who attended briefings on the Terrorist Surveillance Program.” It then lists a series of briefings for House and Senate leaders—including the chairs and ranking members of the intelligence committees—starting in the fall of 2001 and continuing through the spring of 2006.

Included in the list is the very same March 10, 2004, meeting that Gonzales testified this week involved disagreements about other intelligence activities.

Special prosecutors? Contempt of Congress? The "i" word? I thought the Democrats in Congress were all wimps, namby-pamby, same-as-Republics good-for-nothings?

Hmmmm. Looks like Harry Reid can play hardball. Looks like the Democrats' investigations were the preface to strong action. Most of all, it looks like Americans, of all political stripes, can have some hope that the accountability moment is finally coming for this out-of-control, fascist, criminal regime. Praise the Giant Green Lizard!

Update: Apparently my Leahy interpreter was working pretty well on Tuesday.

He's done with the Lackeys - he's subpoenaed KKKarl "Turdblossom" Rove and his clone, Scott Jennings.

It's a beeeyoootiful day for democracy.

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