So here's what we learned today in the Kyle Sampson hearing:

  • No one wants to give us the real timeline surrounding the final decision to fire 7 USAs. Both Sampson and Abu Gonzales (earlier in the week) refuse to be specific about that. I wonder if that has to do with the still-existing gap between the time DOJ supposedly made the final decision, and when the White House emailed Sampson to say it was a go? And I wonder if the skittishness about this detail has to do with Bush's travel schedule, since he got back into town just a few days before the final okay from the White House?
  • Karl Rove may have been involved in the decision to briefly float Patrick Fitzgerald as a great candidate to fire. Sampson's not much help there, though.
  • One of the other potential firing candidates, Anna Mills Wagoner, is from the sort of swingy North Carolina. Sampson has been instructed to go get the list of the other three possible firing candidates. I'm guessing (wildarsed guess) that we might find a USA from Wisconsin on the list.
  • Arlen Specter tried, with only marginal success, at trying to absolve himself of any responsibility for allowing a bad faith amendment into the PATRIOT act.
  • Chuck Schumer seems to have certain suspicions about what Monica Goodling did. In particular, it seems that he may have well-grounded suspicions that she was administering loyalty oaths to Assistant USAs, a career position. I wonder if that's one of the reasons she has gotten so quiet of late.
  • No one called Carol Lam to tell her to straighten up her immigration act. But hey, that's still reason to fire her, right? Now Sampson says he doesn't remember anything about the Dusty Foggo indictment. I wonder if he remembers when the Cunningham investigation moved to encompass Jerry Lewis? 


Marcy Wheeler aka Emptywheel is an American journalist whose reporting specializes in security and civil liberties.