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October 20, 2007

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"Able was I ere I saw Gonzo."

I had the sense in reading that interview that Lam has been practicing her parsing for quite a while. It was pretty dense material.

IMO none of the fired USAs are going to go into what they know of the DOJ/WH linkage publically. Lam was equally careful during the SJC and HJC testimony in March. Another hearing (yes, I know) to delve specifically into this area might elicit something from them under subpoena, particularly from looser lips like David Iglesias, Bud Cummins, or John McKay. Maybe even Lam would give it up under subpoena in closed testimony...

Speaking of McKay, I was in Seattle last weekend on business & heard this from friends who attended the Tom Wales Foundation annual awards dinner on 10/13: Apparently McKay was the closing speaker & really "let the DOJ have it" for about 5 minutes. Write up from the emcee of the event here:

http://www.crosscut.com/law-justice/8280/

The new bill is only window dressing.

The next White House or the one after, can send over a list of 1000 people that can talk.

The real question is and should be about what these people can talk about.

PS

Rove still runs the political office, even though he isn't there.

Another article about Lam written March2007 with comments open thru April2007 has an addendum which is a Kyle Sampson email written in somewhat coded language with oblique references, sent to eop; all that preceded Lam's Stanford Law magazine interview by four months. I note the Stanford journalist's mention of the former Breyer clerk, a prof there, who was in attendance also at the Lam interview. I liked Lam's words of encouragement to hearten students who might be dismayed by what was then a scandal over the purges in DoJ at WH's behest. The scotusblog's coproprietor is involved with a practicum for Stanford 3Ls and greater. So it is a republican conservative campus but west coast Republican. I look forward to an opportunity to study the carefully screened interview, maybe reading it in parallel with the Mukasey argument forum which is in hiatus a few more days until reconvenement.

"PS
Rove still runs the political office, even though he isn't there."

Of course he does, Albert.

And is Karl Rove always the infallible political "genius" touted by many? Not so much. If Rove had wanted to damage the GOP in Seattle WA, he couldn't have found a better way than by firing U.S. Attorney John McKay. Article below lays out why:

http://www.crosscut.com/mudville/1164/


if you like the comments by Lam, you'll absoultely love the comments by John McKay at the Federal Bar Association. http://www.spokesmanreview.com/breaking/story.asp?ID=12036

btw I love your blog!

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