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More Like This, Please

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 18, 2007

This was above the fold on the front page of the NYT today:

Democrats Use Confirmation to Press Bush

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 — Two Senate Democrats warned Monday that the Judiciary Committee would delay confirmation of President Bush‘s choice for attorney general unless the White House turned over documents that the panel was seeking for several investigations.

Mr. Bush announced the selection of Michael B. Mukasey, a retired federal judge from New York who has presided over several high-profile terrorism trials, during a morning Rose Garden ceremony. He urged the Senate to confirm Mr. Mukasey promptly as the nation’s 81st attorney general, succeeding Alberto R. Gonzales, who resigned last month under withering attacks from Democrats on Capitol Hill.


But two Democrats who will have a powerful say over whether Mr. Mukasey gets confirmed — Senators Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont and Charles E. Schumer of New York — vowed on Monday to use the nomination to extract information from a reluctant White House.

“All I want is the material we need to ask some questions about the former attorney general’s conduct, on torture and warrantless wiretapping, so we can legitimately ask, ‘Here’s what was done in the past, what will you do?”‘ Mr. Leahy, the Judiciary Committee chairman, said.

Of course, the Times piece sticks to the old rule of “when a Dem accuses a Rep of wrongdoing, it’s always ‘partisan’ even if there’s ample evidence to back up the Dem’s claim”. But I’m glad the Democrats are ignoring the GOP/Media Complex and fighting back anyway.

Posted in Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Constitution, Constitutional crisis, Democrats, Democrats with spines, Patrick Leahy | Comments Off on More Like This, Please

There Are Three Morals To This Story

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 2, 2007


Here’s Christy Hardin Smith on how Specter and the GOP hosed Leahy over Southwick. 

The short version:  Specter conned Leahy into a delay when Leahy had the votes to kill Southwick’s nomination, then sweet-talked Feinstein (who is a sucker for flattery, especially from rich and well-connected men) into flipping to allow Southwick out of the SJC, and all the while blamed Leahy for the delay that he himself talked Leahy into providing!

Moral #1:  Never trust Republicans.  Ever.

Moral #2:  A coherent plan for dealing with Republicans would be nice.  And that plan can’t be dictated by the GOP/Media Complex, which praises the spineless and the corrupt sellouts among the Democrats as “bi-partisan”, while attacking and marginalizing the good Democrats.

Moral: #3:  Don’t be afraid to be tough.  They’re not.  (And don’t worry when they go whining to their friends in the media.  Let them.  People respect tough actors.)

Posted in 2008, Congress, Democrats, eedjits, Patrick Leahy | 6 Comments »

Patrick Leahy, I Love You

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 12, 2007

As you all probably know by now, the e-mail records of as many as fifty Bush Junta staffers have just suddenly up and vanished, so — je suis désolée — they are unavailable to the Congressional committees that have asked for them.

Pat Leahy ain’t having that:

“They say they have not been preserved. I don’t believe that!” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy shouted from the Senate floor.

“You can’t erase e-mails, not today. They’ve gone through too many servers,” said Leahy, D-Vt. “Those e-mails are there, they just don’t want to produce them. We’ll subpoena them if necessary.”…

“E-mails don’t get lost,” Leahy insisted. “These are just e-mails they don’t want to bring forward.”


How convenient for Unca Karl Rove — who used his RNC account for 95% of all his e-mails — that they would suddenly disappear along with all the e-mails sent by his minions.

Oh, and we’re talking about five million e-mails that have allegedly disappeared, folks.

Posted in abuse of power, Patrick Leahy, Republicans acting badly, Silly Republicans, tutu-less Democrats, US attorney firings, US Attorney scandal | 1 Comment »

Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 27, 2007

  • Paging Henry Waxman, paging Patrick Leahy: Looks like Monica Goodling’s attempt to plead the Fifth might be very easily shot down. [UPDATE:  Then again it might not — but if McNulty can prove that his inaccurate testimony before Congress came from her, then she’s cooked per 18 USC 1001 even if she does successfully plead the Fifth to avoid testifying before Congress.  Remember, Irving Lewis “Scooter” Libby never testified at the Plame trial and he still lost.]
  • Over at FDL, I’d guest posted this weekend about my Grand Unified Scandal Theory. Well, it looks like we can add the GSA scandal to the list of Bush scandals connected to the US Attorneys purge scandal — and Rove (and his gunsel J. Scott Jennings) are two of the connecting threads.
  • “Some people” (such as Nora Ephron) think that Katie Couric — who herself continued to work a full schedule while her husband was dying of cancer — is a silly and unserious person for her cowardly use of the “some people” shield from behind which she lobbed stink bombs at John and Elizabeth Edwards. In that same vein, Susan Madrak wonders why nobody’s telling Dick Cheney that he has to quit his career so that he might live long enough to get to know his daughter’s first child.
  • And because life isn’t complete without hearing about the slow downfall of yet another neocon crook, here’s the latest news in the trial of Lord Conrad “Tubby” Black of Crossharbour, former employer of Richard Perle.

Posted in beat the press, Congress, Congressional hearings, corruption, eedjits, GOP bullying, GOP/Media Complex, government malfeasance, Henry Waxman, media, Media machine, mediawhores, Patrick Leahy | 3 Comments »

What A Difference A New Congress Makes

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 20, 2007

Guess what? Gonzo no longer can hire/fire at will!

WASHINGTON – The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to end the Bush administration’s ability to unilaterally fill U.S. attorney vacancies as a backlash to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ firing of eight federal prosecutors.


With a 94-2 vote, the Senate passed a bill that canceled a Justice Department-authored provision in the Patriot Act that had allowed the attorney general to appoint U.S. attorneys without Senate confirmation. [PW butts in: And who was the Senator who put that provision there, back in December of 2005? Why, Arlen “Magic Bullet” Specter, of course, when he ran the Senate Judiciary Committee. Officially, it was done by Brett Tolman, the GOP counsel for the committee at the time, but Specter signed off on it.] Democrats say the Bush administration abused that authority when it fired the eight prosecutors and proposed replacing some with White House loyalists.

“If you politicize the prosecutors, you politicize everybody in the whole chain of law enforcement,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

The bill, which has yet to be considered in the House, would set a 120-day deadline for the administration to appoint an interim prosecutor. If the interim appointment is not confirmed by the Senate in that time, a permanent replacement would be named by a federal district judge.

Essentially, the Senate returned the law regarding the appointments of U.S. attorneys to where it was before Congress passed the Patriot Act, including the unilateral appointment authority the administration had sought in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks.


Posted in Alberto Gonzales, Congress, Democrats with spines, Patrick Leahy, PATRIOT Act, US attorney firings | 1 Comment »

What a Difference an Election Makes

Posted by MEC on March 19, 2007

Senator Leahy intends to subpoena White House officials to testify in The Case of the Purged Prosecutors.

“I want testimony under oath. I am sick and tired of getting half-truths on this,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. “I do not believe in this, ‘We’ll have a private briefing for you where we’ll tell you everything,’ and they don’t.”

Leahy said his committee would vote Thursday to issue subpoenas in the inquiry.


Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., chair of the House Judiciary Committee, has said he’ll seek a vote this week on issuing subpoenas to Rove and others.

Posted in Congressional hearings, Democrats with spines, John Conyers, Patrick Leahy, US attorney firings | Comments Off on What a Difference an Election Makes

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