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leahytoast.jpgWhy I love Sen. Pat Leahy, Reason #53:  (via Froomkin’s White House Watch)

And in a letter to Gonzales, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy sent a copy of the transcript of the attorney general’s most recent testimony, along with the admonition: “Please mark any changes you wish to make to correct, clarify or supplement your answers so that, consistent with your oath, they are the whole truth.”  (emphasis mine)

In other words, “We know you are lying, and we are going to give you once last chance to save your ass and tell the whole truth — knowing full well that you are quite unikely to do so. You make the choice, but the consequences will fall on your head, so keep that in mind.” 

Further, Sen. Leahy said this with regard to Mssrs. Rove and Jennings and the politicization of damn near everything they touch at the behest of the Bush White House:

“The evidence shows that senior White House political operatives were focused on the political impact of federal prosecutions and whether federal prosecutors were doing enough to bring partisan voter fraud and corruption cases. It is obvious that the reasons given for the firings of these prosecutors were contrived as part of a cover up and that the stonewalling by the White House is part and parcel of that same effort,” Leahy said. “The Bush-Cheney White House continues to place great strains on our constitutional system of checks and balances. Not since the darkest days of the Nixon Administration have we seen efforts to corrupt federal law enforcement for partisan political gain and such efforts to avoid accountability.”

“There is a cloud over this White House and a gathering storm. I hope they will reconsider their course and end their cover up so that we can move forward together to repair the damage done to the Department of Justice and to the American people’s trust and confidence in federal law enforcement,” he said.

Man, I love the sound of accountability knocking, don’t you?

(H/T to twolf1 for this photoshop of Sen. Leahy and his Texas Toast.  Just cracks me up every time I see it…hehehehe.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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