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liveoaktx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 03:54 PM
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VIDEO- Gonzales- "President is my Client"
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boobooday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 03:57 PM
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1. And he won't let a silly thing like the constitution
Get in the way of his client doing what he wants to do.

I like how Bush likes to say he took an oath to protect the American people, when he really took an oath to protect the constitution.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 03:58 PM
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2. There's nothing to see here... move along.

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gordianot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 03:58 PM
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3. I seem to remember John Mitchell under Nixon make a similar claim.
Rats and Republicans never seem to change.
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 04:14 PM
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10. Another Nixon parallel. nt
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 03:59 PM
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4. WE are his client!!!!!
He MUST be called on this misapprehension.. Bush is not his client anymore.. NOT ONE BIT!
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aden_nak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 04:12 PM
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8. We're more than that. We're his boss. He's our servant.
As with all elected officials.
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ComerPerro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 04:15 PM
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12. No shit!!! What the hell is this, "bush is my client"
No, that's not how it works.

This is not how things are supposed to be.

And its exactly why the Administration cannot be trusted, and should be put under oath every time they speak before congress or as a part of any investigation.

They don't consider themselves accountable to the people.
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marions ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 04:03 PM
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5. and his 'client'
seems to need a lot of defending from that nosy Congress representing the American people.

The job description of the Attorney General seems to have different interpretations.
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pstans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 04:09 PM
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6. This shit better be on the news
:banghead:
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 04:10 PM
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7. It sure as hell better be.
:grr:
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 04:13 PM
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9. Is he still advising Bu$h on personal issues? Did he just inadvertently
step in a big ol' pile of Bu$hit without realizing it? Or is he just that dumb not to remember his recent loyalty promotion?
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robbedvoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 04:15 PM
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11. Schumer again fails to follow up on it I see
Attorney General invoking the attorney -client privilege!
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 05:48 PM
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24. I called his office and get them what fer..
Said the Gonzo had been running interference for idiot son since back in Texas.. Corporate lawyers' jobs are to craft "workarounds" for those pesky regulations and laws... He's still doing the same thing..
(I got the feeling that I wasn't the first to raise a stink about exactly who his "client" is.. We may hear something from Schumer tomorrow)
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 04:15 PM
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13. I thought the CONSTITUTION and the AMERICAN PEOPLE
were his clients. :shrug:
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 04:18 PM
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14. Boy, is he saying a mouthful there.
I guess they really do see the American people as the enemy.
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mikelewis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 04:21 PM
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15. He's right. He was acting as the White House Council and that...
Edited on Mon Feb-06-06 04:22 PM by mikelewis
attorney/client priviledge extends even into his new position as AG. So yes, he is both.

On Edit: It is for this very reason that a special prosecutor needs to empanel a grand jury to investigate whether or not a crime has been committed.
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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 04:22 PM
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16. That is correct.
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nytemare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 04:25 PM
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17. Bush thinks everybody works for him.
He is an elected official. He is supposed to work for us.

History will view him as the single biggest fuck-up to ever be president.
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mikelewis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 04:28 PM
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18. Not if they win.
History goes to the conquerors.
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nytemare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 04:32 PM
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19. Thing is, they aren't really winning.
We, as a country are losing, and so are they. They just don't realize it yet.

True about history, though. Bush didn't learn a lesson from that one dictator about taking on too many fronts.
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Virginia Dare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 04:43 PM
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20. Then his client better start paying his effing salary!!
I want him off my effing payroll!
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Toots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 04:51 PM
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21. The people of the USA are his client
He works for us not for Bush*.
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 05:11 PM
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22. Here's what DU'er onenote has to say in another thread about this:
During his confirmation hearing, the issue of the different roles played by the White House Counsel and the AG came up. Here's what Gonzo said then:

"There is a difference in the position of counsel to the president and as attorney general of the United States. As counselor to the president, my primary focus is on providing counsel to the White House and to the White House staff and the president. I have a very limited staff. The staff doesn't have the expertise or the experience in a great many substantive legal issues. All those are decided in the Department of Justice. I do have a client who has an agenda, and part of my role as counselor is to provide advice so that the president can achieve that agenda lawfully. It's a much different situation as attorney general, and I know that. My first allegiance is going to be to the Constitution and the laws of the United States."


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Remarkable, isn't it?
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Phoebe Loosinhouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 05:47 PM
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23. I thought this was discussed ad nauseum with Clinton
and at that time it was decided that the White House council is an employee of the government and DOES NOT represent the President in a private client sort of way. I think Clinton made all the same arguments during Lewinsky and it was denied. So which is it? One way for a Democratic President and another way for a Republican President? I've googled this before when this has come up in discussion, I just don't have the energy tonight. Also, isn't that one reason that when Plame broke, the President ran out and got himself a PRIVATE CRIMINAL ATTORNEY? They just make up whatever new rules suit their purpose in the middle of each and every game.

This administration does not want ANY oversight or even knowledge by the American public of what ever it is they do in their dim dark corridors of power - and why do you think that is? BECAUSE IT WILL NOT STAND UP TO EVEN THE SLIGHTEST SCRUTINY!!!!!
Occam's razor - they hide things because they have things to hide.
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Chico Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 10:11 PM
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25. He must have thought he was the Solicitor General
Big difference
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leesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 10:21 PM
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26. Didn't Bush smash attorney-client privileges long ago?
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