Ex-Aide Implicates Gonzales in US Attorney Firings

In testimony that is likely to ratchet up the pressure on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Kyle Sampson, his former top aide, directly contradicted his old boss in testimony Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032907R.shtml



Aide contradicts Gonzales in probe

USA Today

03/29/07

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales falsely asserted in public statements that he was not involved in discussions about the abrupt removal of eight federal prosecutors, his former chief of staff told a congressional panel Thursday. In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kyle Sampson said he repeatedly consulted with the attorney general before the controversial dismissals. He described Gonzales’ claims of non-involvement as ‘inaccurate’...

//www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-03-29-justice-sampson_N.htm


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Story Time in the Senate

The New York Times editors examine the latest testimony in the US attorney firings: "In his Senate testimony yesterday, Kyle Sampson, the former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, tried to be a 'loyal Bushie,' a term Mr. Sampson used in his infamous email message to describe what he was looking for in United States attorneys. But if Mr. Sampson was trying to fall on his sword, he had horrible aim. In testimony that got so embarrassing for the White House that the Republicans tried to cut it off, Mr. Sampson simply ended up making it clearer than ever that the eight prosecutors were fired for political reasons."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/033007B.shtml



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