Friday, March 30, 2007


Slap! Kick! Ooww, that's gotta hurt.

Kyle Sampson, former chief of staff to AG Gonzales, got a good grilling yesterday at his testimony before the senate judiciary committee hearing (video at muckraker). It was (almost) sad to watch him lie, obfuscate, remember things, not remember things, and in true bush administration style, get confused and just kind of make things up as he went along, sweating like a pig under the stress of the questioning. It kind of reminded me of this:

There were points in Sampson's testimony where Arlen Specter was having a hard time keeping a straight face. He kept shaking his head in disbelief, as if to say "What ain't no country I ever heard of! They speak English in What?" It was obvious Sampson was desperately trying to cover his ex-boss's ass and maybe become the next Scooter Libby. But then he said:

"'I don’t think the attorney general’s statement that he was not involved in any discussions about U.S. attorney removals is accurate,' the former Gonzales aide, D. Kyle Sampson, said under questioning at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing."

So Sampson is confirming that not only was the AG involved, he was right in the thick of it:

"Rather than merely signing off on the firings, as Gonzales has repeatedly stated, his former chief of staff says the attorney general was in the middle of things from the beginning."

Sampson must have decided he couldn't do a prison term "standing on his head" as they say; more likely "bending in the shower". Under the bus with you, Abu!