"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

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-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

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--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Friday, March 23, 2007

Chutzpah

Big surprise that Chuck Shumer, leading Inquisitor on the so-called "scandal" of the firing of eight US Attorneys by the Bush administration, himself leaned on main Justice, in the person of Jim Comey, to hurry up and indict someone over the supposed "outing" of the already-long-outed Valerie Plame:

"Dear Deputy Attorney General Comey: I write to request an update on the investigation into allegations that senior administration officials committed a federal felony by leaking the identity of a covert CIA operative. The investigation has been underway for four months now and we have received no meaningful reports regarding the progress you are making. I realize there are limitations on information that can be disclosed regarding an ongoing criminal investigation, but, as we have discussed, a prosecutor has the responsibility to assure public confidence in criminal investigations, especially those of such a serious nature. In the wake of recent calls by former intelligence operatives for a Congressional investigation, I write to ask that you publicly answer several questions regarding the progress you are making: Has a grand jury been empaneled in this case? Have members of the White House staff signed waivers, permitting journalists to discuss confidential communications? If so, what percent of the White House staff has signed such waivers? Has anyone who has been asked to sign such a waiver refused to do so? Have journalists been interviewed as part of the investigation? Has any journalist who has been released from confidentiality (assuming any has), refused to answer questions regarding previously confidential communications? Were White House staffers ordered as a condition of employment to submit to interviews? Has anyone asked for or been offered immunity? If so, how many individuals fit in each category... What other information can you provide us regarding the progress you are making with this investigation? I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Sincerely, Charles Schumer, United States Senator."

Talk about blatant political hackery and hypocrisy. This putz is criticizing Republican pols for asking US Attorneys in their states about pending investigations, and yet he himself was trying to push main Justice into doing his hatchet-work for him, in a much more detailed and interventionist manner than anything he's alleged against Republican pols.

Shumer might appreciate the term that describes this double-statndard: chutzpah.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are comparing apples to oranges.

Donald R. McClarey said...

More like apples to apples. Leaning on a prosecutor to prosecute for partisan political advantage is just as contemptible as leaning on a prosecutor not to prosecute for the same purpose.