I haven't found a transcript online, but here are some details from the Schlozman hearing that--at least according to my notes--are significant and underreported.
The ACORN Investigation Is/Is Not National
You'll recall that Brad Schlozman indicted 4 former ACORN workers (one of whose name he got wrong) for submitting fraudulent voter reg information. Well, he strongly suggested that the indictments were not part of a national investigation (a few Senators hammered him on this point--suggesting that, since the investigation was not national, it shouldn't have been filed before the election). But, at the same time, Schlozman indicated over and over again that the investigation is national.
There needs to be follow-up on this. Did Schlozman and some other flunkies dream up a national campaign against ACORN based on the 4 flimsy indictments in MO?
Schlozman Was Personally Monitoring DOJ Emails
In a discussion about a case being investigated by Office of Public Responsibility, Schlozman admitted he had given himself the ability to monitor Department emails.
Apparently, OPR was investigating a Department employee who had contacted someone DOJ was suing and offered to defend him (I think the implication is the DOJ employee would quit and then defend the defendant). "At the direction of OPR," Schlozman started monitoring emails ... not just of that employee, apparently, but of the departments' employees. Leahy asked Schlozman how he came to be directed by OPR to start reading Department employees' emails. But I don't think Schlozman ever provided a real answer.
Schlozman Claims He Didn't Know of MO Job Until It Was Publicized
If there is one claim, of many, that I think Schlozman will eventually get busted on, I suspect it's this one (which is remarkably similar to Rachel Paulose's claims, I might add). Schlozman argued he didn't apply--or know about--the potential opening in WD MO (Todd Graves' old job) until it was published. Only once it was, Schlozman tells it, did he apply for the job.
As Schumer elicited, it's not like Schlozman should have thought he was qualified for the job. He had never prosecuted a case, neither civil nor criminal at that point.
But he applied for the job and--only because they needed someone within 2 weeks, Schlozman said--he was hired.
Schlozman Claims He Didn't Tell Monica about the MN Voting Rights Case
You'll recall that (as perhaps first reported here), there was a voting rights issue that may be behind the planned firing of Thomas Heffelfinger. The Republican SOS wanted to prevent Native Americans from using tribal IDs to vote. And an AUSA in Heffelfinger's office wanted to make sure they could do so.
For the record, Schlozman claims he didnt' spike the investigation. Rather, he told the AUSA to refer the investigation to the SOS, rather than investigate allegations at the county level. You know, the same Republican SOS who ruled against tribal IDs in the first place? Yeah, that investigation is going far.
Well, Schlozman claims he didn't tell Ms. Goodling about this investigation. Which might mean one of three things:
- Schlozman is lying (again)
- Someone else--like the White House, after having heard from someone in MN--told Monica
- The Voting Rights issue is not the Native American issue that got Heffelfinger placed on the firing list.
One Last Thing
The biggest benefit to attending these hearings in public is to see the responses of the Senators. I'll be honest, I would be interested in the Republican response, if even one Republican had bothered to show up for this hearing. But since I had only the Dems to watch, I gotta say Schumers unconcealed laughter at Schlozman took the case. It was a refreshing break from the disgust exhibited by Leahy and Whitehouse.
Why have we come to this? When a weasely hack can come into the Senate and treat the Senate with such contempt?