A spokeswoman for the president says there appear to be a lot of poor memories on Capitol Hill these days.
The comments from Dana Perino came when she responded to a question from Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House.
He noted that Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, in referencing the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, said, “Not since the Saturday night massacre when President Nixon forced the firing of the Watergate prosecutor, Archibald Cox, have we witnessed anything of this magnitude.”
Then he asked, “Does the president believe that Sen. Leahy has somehow forgotten how Bill Clinton and Janet Reno fired 93 U.S. attorneys in one day?”
“I hope note,” Perino responded. “It was a long time ago, but there seems to be a lot going on on Capitol Hill where people, both testifying and asking questions, seem to not have good recollections.”
Political opponents of the president have been portraying to decision to replace eight of the federal prosecutors across the country, who serve at the will of the president, as a political maneuver, and Congress already has taken up the issue.
A former aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales now has testified that Gonzales was involved in discussions to dismiss the prosecutors, contrary to Gonzales’ earlier statements.
“I don’t think the attorney general’s statement that he was not involve in any discussions about U.S. attorney removals is accurate,” former aide D. Kyle Sampson told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Sampson did, however, insist that while the firings of eight prosecutors probably hadn’t been handled the best way, none of the dismissals was for any improper reason.
In another question, on a lighter note, Kinsolving asked Perino about the loyalty her boss, President Bush, would have towards her.
“More than half of page two of yesterday’s Washington Post, under the headline, ‘Defender of the Second Amendment, if Not His Aide,’ reports how Sen. Webb’s aide Phillip Thompson was held for 28 hours in jail because he inadvertently walked into the Russell Senate Office Building with Sen. Webb’s loaded gun and two loaded magazines in his briefcase.
“And my question, you have no doubt in your mind, do you, Dana, that the president would immediately intervene on your behalf, rather than leave you in jail for 28 hours, in the event you inadvertently carried his gun and ammo in a briefcase into the Russell Building?” Kinsolving said.
“I’m not so sure. I’m not so sure I have that much – the president has that much confidence in me. … I’m not going to – I’m not going to comment…” she said.
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