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Gonzales gets another drubbing by Senate committee

In yet another appearance on the Hill to testify about the Justice Department destroying itself, Attorney General Gonzales fails again to clear things up, and senators on the Judiciary Committee treated him like a hostile witness. Which he is.

Both Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) demonstrated their contempt for Gonzales, his unswerving loyalty to the President as AG, and his mismanagement of the Justice Department. Here's a great question Specter posed to Gonzales:

Mr. Attorney General, do you think constitutional government in the United States can survive if the president has the unilateral authority to reject congressional inquiries on grounds of executive privilege and the president then acts to bar the Congress from getting a judicial determination as to whether that executive privilege is properly invoked?

With the question, Specter provides the answer: no.

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