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Friday, March 30, 2007
By Steven L. Taylor

Via WaPo: Taking One for the Team, When He Could Remember

The witness [Kyle Sampson, former Chief of Staff to AG Gonzales] fessed up to an expanding list of sins. He admitted that the Justice Department was trying to circumvent the Senate confirmation process. He confessed that he proposed firing Patrick Fitzgerald, the prosecutor in the Valerie Plame leak case. “I regretted it,” he explained. “I knew that it was the wrong thing to do.”

But the self-sacrificing witness still managed — inadvertently, perhaps — to implicate Gonzales and Bush’s chief political strategist, Karl Rove. Sampson, who resigned from the Justice Department earlier this month, admitted that Gonzales “had received a complaint from Karl Rove about U.S. attorneys in three jurisdictions.” Asked about the accuracy of Gonzales’s claim of non-involvement, Sampson confessed: “I don’t think it’s entirely accurate what he said.”

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“I can’t pretend to know or remember every fact that may be of relevance,” he warned at the start — and he wasn’t kidding. He used the phrase “I don’t remember” a memorable 122 times.

I wonder what the record is for “I don’t remembers” per hour in a Senate hearing?

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