Monday, February 06, 2006

Oathiness

This sounds kinda familiar...

Monday's hearing into the NSA program got off to a rocky start when Democrats protested that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should be given a sworn oath before testifying.

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the panel's senior Democrat, argued that Gonzales should be sworn in like any other witness. At the very least, Gonzales should be asked if he would volunteer to being sworn in, Leahy said.

"It's not up to him," said Specter, who was upheld by a quick party-line vote by the GOP-led committee.

Is there an innocent explanation for this? The last time I remember Republicans opposing an oath was just before the oil executives lied their asses off about participating in Cheney's super-duper secret energy task force (and before that, of course, there was our brave preznit's 9/11 testimony with Cheney holding his widdle hand). I know the Republicans are anti-truth, but do they have to be so obvious about it?

Gonzales, who was not sworn in, told the committee he would voluntarily take the oath if the committee so desired. Either way, "my answers would be the same whether I was under oath or not," he said.

Wow, he admits that he would lie under oath? Pretty ballsy.

9 comments:

flory said...

Jeebus. The precedents these guys are setting.

But will the Dems have the stones to follow the precedents when they're back in charge? That is the question.

Eli said...

Do we really *want* them to follow those kinds of precedents? Or presidents?

ina said...

Hey Eli--I posted this in the other barroom, but, I think the reason is that lying to congress is just fine with these folks, but if you lie to god, well, that wouldn't sit well with the constituency...

Eli said...

That could work. What's disturbing is that it looks like they assume lying is a given, and they want to make sure it doesn't have major criminal implications.

Dems should be calling them on it every time they do this: "What do the Republicans have to hide?"

flory said...

We absolutely should be following their precedents. After all, it was lying under oath that finally got the Clenis. So no Dem ever takes an oath again.

four legs good said...

I'm baffled by the tactic.

I understand that they wouldn't want him under oath, but jeez, it fucking looks terrible.


I don't get it.

And the idea that a sitting attorney general would appear before congress and not be sworn in is just flabbergasting.

Eli said...

Doesn't matter if it looks bad... if no-one's looking.

flory said...

Doesn't matter if it looks bad... if no-one's looking.

And if our stalwart defenders of free speech don't bother telling anybody about it.

Blue Gal said...

I love this photo from the hearings (taken by a Christian Science Monitor reporter) Leahy looks physically ill!

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0208/csmimg/p1b.jpg