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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:15 PM
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SO...Mukasey doesn't want to give the impression that he's "subject to political influence"...


Mukasey Rejects Call for CIA Tape Details

By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 14, 2007; 2:27 PM

Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey today sharply rebuffed congressional demands for details about the Justice Department's inquiry into the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes, saying that providing such information would make it appear that the department was "subject to political influence."

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In letters to the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee and others, Mukasey also reiterated his opposition to appointing a special prosecutor to the tapes investigation, saying he was "aware of no facts at present" that would require such a step.

"At my confirmation hearing, I testified that I would act independently, resist political pressure and ensure that politics plays no role in cases brought by the Department of Justice," Mukasey wrote. "Consistent with that testimony, the facts will be followed wherever they lead in this inquiry, and the relevant law applied."

One letter was sent to Sens. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Similar correspondence was sent to Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and to House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) and other House Democrats.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:18 PM
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1. In other words ...
... any and every issue the Democrats raise will be labeled 'political' -- end of discussion.

Can't begin to express how pleased I am with my senator, Chuckie, right now.
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DeadElephant_ORG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 06:16 PM
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6. Dem concern = "political". Repub concern = "patriotic".

He must have been laughing inside himself when he testified assuring our Democratic senators that he would resist political pressure. He meant pressure from THEM.

Thank you Diane Feinstein.
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 06:20 PM
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7. And thank you Chuckie Schumer and DiFi!
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 06:20 PM by NanceGreggs
There's two Democratic patriots who I am sure will be hearing from a lot of us come re-election time!

(For those who have never seen Chuckie and Diane, here are some recent photos: :dunce: :dunce: )
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:20 PM
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2. Or the impression that he needs oversight or dialog with Congress
"Nothing to see here, just move along."
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Golden Raisin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 05:16 PM
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3. I hope Schumer is real proud
of himself. :sarcasm:
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hisownpetard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 05:30 PM
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5. Problem is, he IS!
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Vickers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 05:18 PM
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4. No dipshit, *refusing* to provide the info shows political influence.
What a topsy turvy world that asshat lives in! :crazy:
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