Shorter Alberto Gonzales

Dana Milbank points out that the attorney general contradicted himself four times in his nine-minute press conference Tuesday:

“Mistakes were made,” he said in fluent scandalese, but “I think it was the right decision.”

“I am responsible for what happens at the Department of Justice,” he posited, but “I . . . was not involved in any discussions about what was going on.”

“Kyle Sampson” — Gonzales’s chief of staff — “has resigned,” he said, but “he is still at the department.”

And, finally, “I believe in the independence of our U.S. attorneys,” Gonzales maintained, but “all political appointees can be removed . . . for any reason.”

Elsewhere in Wednesday’s Washington Post, Ruth Marcus calls for Gonzales to resign. It’s looking increasingly likely that that will be happening shortly (maybe Friday afternoon?).


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