Update: Here's TPMM's YouTube on this exchange.
Sometime before coming to the Hill this morning, Gonzales revealed in his testimony, he had a conversation with the head of the Civil Rights Division at DOJ. AGAG is a guy who practices for these Hill appearances for weeks--and the last thing he did before coming to the Hill was talk to the guy in charge of the embattled Civil Rights Division.
And why did AGAG do so? Presumably, because of all the press coverage this morning on Todd Graves (curiously, when Sanchez referred to the coverage, she referred to just press coverage--it almost seemed like no one wanted to say that TPMM has been chasing this story for weeks). So AGAG went to AAG Wan Kim so the latter could tell him that the vote fraud cases Brad Schlozman took in Missouri (and presumably, elsewhere) were legitimate. And before the HJC, Gonzales made his stand on the appropriateness of voting fraud cases. In spite of the fact that:
- Brad Schlozman's suit against Robin Carnahan was thrown out for--among other things--suing the wrong person.
- DOJ had to issue an "unwritten exception" so Schlozman could indict four ACORN employees who had submitted a grand total of six fraudulent registrations.
- Schlozman also approved two other decisions partially or completely overturned after the fact: the GA voter ID law and the TX redistricting.
Everything Brad Schlozman has touched in the area of voter fraud has been thrown out or improper in one way or another. And this is the basis on which Gonzales wants to make his case for the legitimacy of the USA firings?
This is utterly shameful. That to defend his actions (rather, the actions of the clique, directed by the Rove minions), Gonzales would stake everything on the legitimacy of actions that have been, time after time, thrown out of court.