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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:11 PM
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Breaking CNN! Feinstein/Schumer Presser/No Confidence in Gozalez!
Edited on Thu May-17-07 02:11 PM by KoKo01
VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT AT.......

http://thinkprogress.org /

At a press conference moments ago, Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) called on the Senate to hold a no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.,,Transcript:,, FEINSTEIN: I join with Sen. Schumer in saying I think the time has come for the Senate to express its will. And that will is simply to say that we lack confidence in Attorney General Gonzales. I dont like saying this. I very much regret saying it. I want to say exactly the opposite. But in view of what I know, I cant.,, Whether it was the torture memo, whether its Guantanamo, whether its Geneva Convention, whether its U.S. Attorneys, whether its I dont know I cant recall, a department as major as this, I dont think the American people are well served. Im hopeful this can be worked out. But there comes a time when you have to say what you think, and this is what I think.
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enid602 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:15 PM
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1. 
But I, for one sure like hearing it. More, please!
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trashcanistanista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:17 PM
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2. Thank you Senator Feinstein
Now can you give Carol Lam her job back so we can get rid of Doolittle ASAP? I've written to her about this and so far have gotten no response. At least she stepped up to the plate on the attorney firings and I commend her for it.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:19 PM
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3. She can't give Carol Lam her job back
Edited on Thu May-17-07 02:20 PM by nadinbrzezinski
this is the problem, the AG gets to appoint US Attorneys, not the Senate

This is more about putting pressure on Bush to get rid of Gonzo and no confidence is in the rules of the senate but RARELY used... so this is also for the hsitory books

They are also working their way, I think, to impeach and indict which they can do to any cofirmed member of the President's cabinet

On edit the role of the US Senate is to cofirm US Attorneys
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:22 PM
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4. It's a clever way of sending a signal.... If he's like Wolfowitz he
probably wont get the message...but it's a good start!
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:24 PM
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6. Oh he won't get it
but I beleive this has been used less than five times in the history of the Republic
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trashcanistanista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:27 PM
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8. But can't the Senate appoint
her to an interim position before the new AG picks someone?
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:38 PM
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13. No US Attorneys are the prerogative
of the Executive

What the Senate can do is appoint her to a job investigating the whole mess with a Senate Committee, (Watergate had oodles of lawyers, for example), But in this case that would be a conflict of interest

All she can do right now is be a witness
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DearAbby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:32 PM
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9. The Senate can only go this far
at this time, the House impeaches, the senate tries the case. They have so far voted no confidence. The impeachment ball is in Madame Speaker's court.
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LSparkle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:23 PM
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5. It's about damned time!
They all need to go ON THE RECORD as expressing a lack of confidence in this dimwit. Maybe the Pretzeldent "has confidence" in him, but he's the frigging A.G. of the UNITED STATES, not RatBastard's personal attorney, and THE PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVES have the right to express their (and our) disdain for his incompetence.
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magellan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:26 PM
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7. Damned straight, get them all on record
This is not only a very clever move, it's also long overdue.
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Larkspur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:33 PM
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10. What does a "no confidence" vote mean?
Is that equivalent to a censure or does that mean Gonzales is on the way to being impeached?
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:35 PM
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11. It means that senators get off the hook regarding Gonzales. n/t
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:36 PM
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12. CNN just reporting Sen Norm Coleman calling for Gonzo Resignation!
Hagel, Coleman and according to Josh Marshall ...seven other Repugs! It's moving....
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:42 PM
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14. Toothless.
Edited on Thu May-17-07 02:43 PM by TahitiNut
If it passes, it does nothing. It it fails, it does harm. This kind of toothless posturing is a horrible substitute for demanding that elected and appointed officials comply with the law and "protect and defend" the Constitution.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:52 PM
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15. It's more pressure on Gonzo...and Norm Coleman just added his name to
the Repug list of those calling for his resignation. :shrug: They sure seem to be taking it slowly...but given what these people are like...who knows the threats they are under. Not only from the BFEE but the Corporatists like GE.
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