Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Hasn't Alberto Gonzales Done Enough?

In the midst of Alberto Gonzales' lie fest, there was one falsehood that originally went unnoticed. Spencer Ackerman of TPMMuckraker contacted former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, and current Senator Jay Rockefeller on their recollections of a meeting Gonzales said took place, pressuring him to get the wiretapping program re-authorized..

In testimony today to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gonzales attempted to give "context" for his infamous hospital trip to a convalescent John Ashcroft on March 10, 2004, after acting attorney general James Comey refused to authorize the surveillance program. It was only after a briefing for the so-called "Gang of Eight" bipartisan congressional leaders demanded that the program continue, Gonzales said, that he and then-White House chief of staff went to "inform" Ashcroft of the Gang's wishes.

Daschle was one of that Gang of Eight. In a statement e-mailed to TPMmuckraker, he all but calls Gonzales a liar.

"I have no recollection of such a meeting and believe that it didn't occur. I am quite certain that at no time did we encourage the AG or anyone else to take such actions. This appears to be another attempt to rewrite history just as they have attempted to do with the war resolution."

Jay Rockefeller does not recall the meeting either. Considering Alberto Gonzales' memory "issues", it appears this is another case of perjury. Can even Republicans accept an attorney general lying to their faces? We shall soon find out.