Thanks to the latest Friday night document dump, let’s just simply compare what attorney general Alberto Gonzales said on March 13, and what he did last Nov. 27.
On March 13, he felt compelled to address the burgeoning evidence that eight U.S. attorneys (all Republicans) had been fired in an unprecedented fashion for being insufficiently zealous about President Bush and the GOP cause. He denied that he had played any role in the firings. Here’s the money quote: “We never had a discussion about where things stood.”
Now it turns out, courtesy of an item on the Justice Department calendar, that Gonzales met with his top aides last Nov. 27, to have a discussion about where things stood. They met in a Justice conference room at 9 a.m., and the title of the meeting was “U.S. Attorney Appointments.” The firings were engineered on Dec. 7.
With any luck, the first of many firings. But one hopes the next round of firings will be justified.
It’s time to let truthfulness back in the front door of the White House.
But I fear it will not be welcomed by the current occupents of that address.