Gonzales: I Didn’t View Job Performance Before Firing US Attorneys

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Wanted to point out an important moment from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ ongoing testimony on the Hill. After telling multiple irate senators that he was not intimately involved in the firing of the eight U.S. Attorneys (he claims he relied on the judgment of his senior staff), Gonzales admits that he was so out of touch that when it came to actually approve the recommendation of those senior staffers to fire the eight USAs, he didn’t bother to examine the USAs performance on the job.

The factors he used in lieu of something as inconsequential as “job performance” go unstated.

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