Getting Caught In A Lie

While Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has made a name for himself as a misdirector and a spinner of the first order, outdoing even Reagan in his ability to magically forget important aspects of potentially illegal activity, the man’s performance recently has outdone even himself.

One could say he’s been doing so much spinning he’s positively dizzy at this point. At least this is the only conceivable explanation for the “other intelligence programs” answer he gave yesterday. This final straw that broke the camel’s back leading many senators to not just say they have no confidence, but to begin to believe he is outright lying…

…or in other words, committing perjury.

But perjury isn’t the easiest thing in the world to prove, believe it or not. This is one of the reasons Karl Rove was not indicted during the Fitzgerald investigation; Fitz believed the political advisor had lied under oath, but unlike Libby who had a string of witness ready to contradict his testimony, a case against Rove would have been extremely difficult to prove.

Well, with Alberto Gonzales, the case just got a whole lot easier:

Documents show that eight congressional leaders were briefed about the Bush administration’s terrorist surveillance program on the eve of its expiration in 2004, contradicting sworn Senate testimony this week by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

The documents, obtained by The Associated Press, come as senators consider whether a perjury investigation should be opened into conflicting accounts about the program and a dramatic March 2004 confrontation leading up to its potentially illegal reauthorization.


Instead, Gonzales said, the emergency meetings on March 10, 2004, focused on an intelligence program that he would not describe.[..]

“The dissent related to other intelligence activities,” Gonzales testified at Tuesday’s hearing. “The dissent was not about the terrorist surveillance program.”


A four-page memo from the national intelligence director’s office shows that the White House briefing with the eight lawmakers on March 10, 2004, was about the terror surveillance program, or TSP.

Ahhh… You gotta love the smell of documented proof in the morning… smells an awful lot like a perjury charge, doesn’t it? Sorry Gonzo, thanks for playing, you didn’t win our grand prize but you do have this lovely investigation waiting for you with the potential of turning into a conviction and some jail time that will undoubtedly be commuted by the President of the United States… assuming he’s still in office once all is said and done.

(h/t memeorandum and crooks and liars)

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