by Peter Freyne
Back to Reality - Meet the Mess, er, Press!
The pants of the current Attorney General of the United States of America, Alberto Gonzales, a George "WMD" Bush political crony from his days as Texas governor, are absolutely, positively on fire!
The only question is how much damage the GOP will allow the current shameless occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to inflict on his own political party before ending his self-absorbed delay of the inevitable.
This from Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy's appearance this morning on NBC's Meet the Press:
MR. RUSSERT: Senator Leahy, a very serious question, do you believe the chief law enforcement official in this country, the attorney general, has lied?
SEN. LEAHY: "I believe he has not been accurate. I believe—I believe he has not been truthful.
"In fact, when some of these statements came out, first in the press, which indicated he had not been accurate, he came up to me at a meeting at the U.S. Supreme Court and said, 'I, I want to come up and clarify this, have another meeting.' I told him I didn’t want any more of these private meetings where we’re told either half truths or untruths.
"I said, 'Our next meeting will be in public under oath.' Quite frankly, Tim, I’m fed up about it. I really am. Just tell the truth. You know, in the long run, telling the truth is the best thing to do."
MR. RUSSERT: But if the president says, “I’m sorry, Senator Leahy, this is executive privilege. I need honest, unfettered advice from my staff. Karl Rove was not confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He’s not going before your committee. You can do whatever you want, he’s not going,” what do you do?
SEN. LEAHY: "Well, first, the president hasn’t claimed executive privilege yet, and, according to the testimony, the president was not involved directly in these things, so it wasn’t a question of advice going to the president. It was more of a, a question of orders coming from Karl Rove, Harriet Miers to the attorney general, who seems to act as though he’s still a member of the White House staff instead of being of the attorney general of the United States. Entirely different thing.
"I, I think the most important thing, especially in light of the fact that in two years we’re going to have a new president, new attorney general, let’s establish exactly what went wrong here. We know a lot of things went wrong. With the idea that at least with the next president, whoever the next president might be, won’t make these mistakes again."
SEN. LEAHY: "Well, let’s see if that happens."
MR. RUSSERT: Do you believe he will?
SEN. LEAHY: "Let’s see if that happens."
MR. RUSSERT: Do you have indications he might?
SEN. LEAHY: "No, I don’t. No, in fact, they’ve given us a take it or leave it. They said we’ll—the White House said we’ll only allow a discussion behind closed doors with no transcript and a limited agenda and not under oath. Everybody knows that’s a nonstarter.
"There’ve been so many misstatements back and forth by people within the administration, I want it in public under oath. I want both Republicans and Democrats to be able to ask questions.
MR. RUSSERT: Senator Leahy, do you believe that Alberto Gonzales will resign?
""If the president feels that this is what he wants as the state of law enforcement is, he’ll stay on.
"Now, Senator Hatch says he’s always found him to be truthful. Unfortunately, he was not truthful before the United States Senate, and that is why he’s coming back.
"Previous administrations have looked for ways to cooperate with the Congress. This administration goes out of its way to find ways not to cooperate, and I think that’s why the stonewalling has come up."
Ask yourself this - if you were a Democrat running for President in 2008, wouldn't you want Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to hang in there?
Wouldn't you wish, hope and pray that the man who made him attorney general would show the world he's a real man by ignoring any and all calls - even those from Republicans - that Alberto hit the showers ASAP?
Please, Mr. President!