It took just nine minutes into the question-and-answer session this morning for Sara M. Taylor to make her first “very-clear-letter” reference. The former White House political director, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee about its ongoing investigation into the firings last year of U.S. attorneys, was asked whether she had ever spoken directly to President Bush about the dismissals.
“I have a very clear letter from Mr. Fielding,” Taylor began at 10:40 a.m., pointing to the letter from White House Counsel Fred Fielding that has “directed” Taylor not to testify about internal deliberations and external communications while she worked in the West Wing.
Didn’t make for a very exciting hearing. In fact, I would have to say it was….
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More from the article:
Then Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) tried to ask about any meetings with the president on the prosecutorial firings. “Again, I have a letter,” she said. Was she aware of any decision documents signed by the president, Leahy inquired. “Again, I’ve been asked not to comment,” Taylor replied.
I didn’t have that many letters to get out of gym class every week in 4 years of high school!! I should have asked Fred Fielding to write a note for me stating that I had cramps. But I digress…..
It was more of the same when the other senators asked her questions. However, they did manage to squeeze this out of her:
• She did not resign from the White House because of this scandal. “At my age, almost 33, I have additional career goals.”
• She doesn’t recall any communications from political operatives in any of the states of the fired prosecutors, which has been cited as a central accusation connected to the firings of at least two prosecutors. “Senator, I don’t remember what I had for breakfast last week,” she told Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.).
Senator Cardin pointed out to her that what she had for breakfast has not been a subject of national attention for weeks! 😆
• She was “upset greatly” when Attorney General Alberto Gonzales decided not to submit interim U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin of Little Rock for full Senate confirmation. Arkansas senators opposed the nomination on the grounds that he was inserted into the slot under a now-stricken law allowing indefinite appointments for interim prosecutors. Griffin was a former Rove deputy working underneath Taylor in the political shop. “We had pulled, in my view, the rug out from under Tim Griffin.”
• She apologized, somewhat, for calling Bud Cummins “lazy” in an e-mail to Justice officials blasting them for the handling of the fallout of the scandal. Cummins was the prosecutor who was ousted in favor of Griffin. “That was an unnecessary comment,” she said.
She didn’t look or sound too apologetic. I bet her attorney told her that if she apologized she wouldn’t come off like the stone-cold kool-aid drinking groupie that she is. It didn’t work. She came off like a stone-cold kool-aid drinking groupie.
That won’t happen to Harriet Miers. She has been summoned to testify today, but she is not going to show up. She is probably hiding out in an undisclosed location. My guess is somewhere in Stepford.