Thursday, July 26, 2007

Breaking News - Senate Judiciary Members Ask for Special Counsel

In breaking news, ABC News is reporting that Sens. Charles E. Schumer of New York, Dianne Feinstein of California, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, all Senate judiciary members, asked Solicitor General Paul Clement to appoint a special counsel to learn if Attorney General Alberto Gonzales perjured himself during testimony before the commitee.

In a letter to Clements, the senators asked him to "immediately appoint an indepedent counsel from outside the Justice Department."

"We do not make this request lightly," the four senators wrote.

Shortly before their scheduled press conference, The Associated Press obtained a copy of the draft letter. It remains to be seen whether any Republicans join the Democrats in requesting an independent counsel.

However, as the wire service notes, "Two former Republican chairmen joined Democrats in recent days in suggesting that the questions surrounding Gonzales be resolved by those outside the process."

Sen. Arlen Specter, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee and former chairman, on Tuesday told Gonzales during his appearance before the panel that a special prosecutor might be needed.

"I do not find your testimony credible, candidly," Specter told Gonzales.

Specter's counterpart on the House side, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., suggested that the House file a civil suit against the administration's executive privilege claim.

In somber words Senator Chuck Schumer concluded the press conference with the following somber words:

"We all hoped it wouldn't come to this but we simply can not let this abuse of power continue unchecked."

Oh dear...things are really heating up this summer!

Update: Stupid blogger, my post didn't post!

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