"I Was Not Involved" - Attorney General Albert Gonzalez: 4/3/2005-3/??/2007
The complete quote from that now infamous presser by Abu Gonzalez goes like this:
"I was not involved in seeing any memos, was not involved in any discussions about what was going on. . .That's basically what I knew as the attorney general."
Other than the fact that how the hell could he not know what his own Chief of Staff was doing, he had a pretty plausible alibi.
Which lasted all of three days now that new e-mails have emerged that show that Gonzalez was discussing the purge of USAs even before he became the AG:
The messages also show that an internal administration push to remove a large number of federal prosecutors was well underway even as Alberto R. Gonzales, then the White House counsel, was preparing for Senate hearings on his nomination to be attorney general.
Gonzales talked "briefly" in December 2004, the messages show, with D. Kyle Sampson, who would become his chief of staff at Justice, about the plan to remove U.S. attorneys. Justice spokeswoman Tasia Scolinos said Gonzales has "no recollection" of discussing the prosecutors' firings at the time, when he was preparing for his January 2005 confirmation hearings.
Yep, that's all Mr. Torture Memo has left, the Busheimer's Syndrome defense. Since there doesn't seem to be any Urbandictionary or Wikipedia entry for that affliction, I shall define it here:
Busheimer's Syndome: 1. (n) a disease that afflicts any Bush administration official that is currently under questioning or investigation for a crime in which they conveniently forget certain details of the relevant events, usually utilizing various forms of the phrase "I can't recall"; c.f. Scooter Libby's entire defense during his obstruction of justice/perjury trial.
2. (n) A disease that afflicts many pundits and commentators of major news outlets in which they conveniently forget certain events during the Bush administration in order to make new observations favorable to their agenda or to the Bush administration itself; c.f. neocon mea culpa over Eye-Rack war.
It's funny, back when I made this post, I resigned myself to the fact that it's never going to go much farther than that. Now it's revealed that the very Karl Rove is directly involved in the political purging of the prosecutors and it has grave implications for the Bushies. Only thanks to the subpoena power of Democrats, the persistence of the liberal blogosphere led by Josh Marshall, and the local media who sees significance in the unexplained firings of their U.S. attorneys did this story has finally got more than legs, and will lead to more and more realization that we are, in fact, ruled by the Worst. President. Ever.