Friday, March 23, 2007

The sound of one shoe dropping

Last week, when Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez claimed that he "was not involved in any discussions about what was going on" we knew that he was either incompetent or lying.

Now we know which.

As the AP is reporting:

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales approved plans to fire several U.S. attorneys in an hourlong meeting last fall, according to documents released Friday that indicate he was more involved in the dismissals than he has claimed.

Last week, Gonzales said he ''was not involved in any discussions about what was going on'' in the firings of eight prosecutors that has since led to a political firestorm and calls for his ouster.

A Nov. 27 meeting, in which the attorney general and at least five top Justice Department officials participated, focused on a five-step plan for carrying out the firings of the prosecutors, Gonzales' aides said late Friday.

There, Gonzales signed off on the plan, which was drafted by his chief of staff, Kyle Sampson. Sampson resigned last week. Another Justice aide closely involved in the dismissals, White House liaison Monica Goodling, has also taken a leave of absence, two officials said.

Oops, good thing he wasn't under oath, but shouldn't baldface lies to the American people carry some sort of penalty?

I'm just asking.

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