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new york times reports the white house wants to "embargo" RNC e-mail for review!

even from those wackyunitary executive” theorists,
this development seems over the top. . . tonight
we learn that special counsel to the president
has directed the r.n.c. to not comply with
a request of the house judiciary committee — a
request to turn over relevant e-mail to that
committee — until the white house counsel
has a chance to review it. . .

this. is. astonishing.

the president seems to believe he
possesses the power to tell supposedly-
independent third parties to disobey
the orders of congressional committees.

he doesn’t. so — what’s next?

a “microwaved” subpoena may issue tomorrow
from rep. conyers’ committee, in rejoinder.

it would seem a fool’s errand, then, for the
r.n.c. to risk a contempt of congress charge,
the charge being willful refusal to comply
with a lawfully-issued subpoena duces tecum.

but that may well be the next logical counter-
move to the white house’s latest act of hubris.

otoh, it may be that the president is in-
tentionally angling for the constitutional
crisis moment, in the forum, and on the issues
he’d most like to beat the congress back on,
all in order to avoid the far-messier, and
likely impotent attempts to prevent the sworn
testimony of one monica goodling, and others. . .

quoth tonight’s nytimes.com:

. . .Meanwhile Tuesday, Emmet Flood, special
counsel to the president, asked a lawyer for
the Republican National Committee to withhold
any e-mails sought by Conyers committee until
Fielding can review them
. Conyers said Flood’s
request is an impediment to the investigation. . .

[ed. note — from a separate nyt story:]

. . .One House official said the committee
wanted to learn about the February 2006
appointment of Rachel K. Paulose as the
United States attorney in Minnesota,
particularly the reasons for her move
from a post at the department’s headquarters. . .

now let’s address that second nyt paragraph, above.

note that rachel paulose’s role in the en-masse
defection of minnesota USA managers — each accepting
demotions, effectively back to trial prosecutors — is
inevitably going to be vetted by this series of interviews.

it will also likely lead to some interesting
questions about what constitutes a “plus-factor”
for promotion in alberto gonzales’ attorney general
corps. . . the federalist society, anyone?

let me just say, one more time, that it truly
chaps my hind-parts” that the president thinks
he can tell congress which of its orders are
enforceable, and which aren’t. last time i
looked at article iii, section 2, of the
constitution of the united states, that
power was reserved to one branch:

the judiciary.

and, that is a branch mr. bush does
not — and will not ever, fully — control.

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on a tragic day for the nation. . .

it is perhaps unseemly to
return, so soon, to the topics
of justice, politics and the law. . .

if it seems “too soon” to you, feel
free to come back here on another day. . .

but much too much (else) has
happened while we, as a nation, were
transfixed by the tragedy at virginia tech. . .

most importantly, rep. john conyers
intends to interview rachel paulose, shortly.
yes, that rachel paulose, as well as
several other U.S.A.’s — including one
in wisconsin, and some of those who worked
for the one ousted from new mexico. . .

nearly as importantly, mr. gonzales
failed to comply with the terms of
the subpoena duces tecum
served on
him last week — he did not produce
all the documents contemplated by it,
by the 2 p.m. deadline, today. rep.
conyers is reportedly exploring options
to compel compliance with that subpoena,
as of this writing. . .

sen. patrick leahy has begun releasing some
of the juicier, troubling, specifics from
the unprecedented “sunday surprise” inter-
view his staffers conducted ex rel.
kyle sampson, and it seems most of what sampson
has averred directly contradicts mr. gonzales’
proffered version of the very same events. . .

rep. henry waxman has allowed a short delay
in doan’s compliance with his request for
all her documents, but still wants a very-
detailed inventory of what exists, what is
missing and, of course, who has/had r.n.c.
e-mail accounts — all by this wednesday
afternoon, april 18, 2007. . .

what else? — oh, yes — mr. gonzales’
testimony will be delayed by two days,
and is now set for thursday, april 19,
2007, at 9:30 a.m. e.d.t. . .

this is not likely to offer advantage
to the united states attorney general.

i say this because whatever slightly
positive impact the pre-release of his
opening statement, and his wa po editorial
might have had in the news-cycle, that
will be entirely forgotten by
thursday morning, especially in
light of today’s senseless tragedy. . .

so, it affords two more days for
committee staff to tick-and-tie
all sampson (and other staffers)
have averred — vs. contradictions
gonzales is already wedded-to
by virtue of the pre-release
of his opening. . . i’ll note
especially here that sen. leahy
has begun to release the details
of what kyle sampson said in
his unprecedented-sunday interview
with the judiciary committee to
the new york times, tonight. . .

me? i’m buying MORE popcorn, not less. . .

btw, i think this makes my ben-n-jerry’s-for-
a-year-bet: gonzo-gone by friday @ 5:30 pm
look considerably more likely to pay-out. . .

the video of senator charles schumer’s 4.15.07 statement of questions for alberto gonzales is here, in realmedia streaming format

just click
this link to
watch in realvideo
format
.

[feed from CSPAN.]

the video of senator charles schumer’s 4.15.07 statement of questions for alberto gonzales is here, in realmedia streaming format

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this link to
watch in realvideo
format
.

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the video of senator charles schumer’s 4.15.07 statement of questions for alberto gonzales is here, in realmedia streaming format

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this link to
watch in realvideo
format
.

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the video of senator charles schumer’s 4.15.07 statement of questions for alberto gonzales is here, in realmedia streaming format

just click
this link to
watch in realvideo
format
.

[feed from CSPAN.]

the video of senator charles schumer’s 4.15.07 statement of questions for alberto gonzales is here, in realmedia streaming format

just click
this link to
watch in realvideo
format
.

[feed from CSPAN.]