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DEVELOPING STORY: Kyle Sampson, former chief of staff to the attorney general and a senior figure in the growing controversy over the firings of U.S. attorneys, agrees to testify under oath before Congress next week, his lawyer says.

I'm stocking up on popcorn this weekend in anticipation. Hopefully, the latest document dump will provide some even better material with which to question Sampson. It will interesting to see how much of a "Bushie" he is and how loyal he'll stay, now that he's taking the public shellacking for GW, Abu G. and the rest of the gang.

Originally posted to Citizen Earth on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 02:25 PM PDT.

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  •  Yikes. (15+ / 0-)

    Will he tell all? I hope they are picking out some great questions...

    Agreed, Dkos is going into Full Frontal Popcorn Mode next week.

    "Steve Holt is part of the 'anti-war crowd ' Bill." - Steve Holt

    by cookiesandmilk on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 02:26:54 PM PDT

  •  Another bites the dust...... (7+ / 0-)

    That should be the theme music playing in the background as he testifies.

    I hope he tells the truth and THE TRUTH leads to supeona's that even the REPUBLICANS can not disgree openly against.

    "Hey, Bill O'Reilly. It's me, Mike in Florida...Keith Olbermann..(Censored)....has the best show at 8 O'Clock."

    by FloridaVoter on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 02:27:22 PM PDT

    •  He might just tell the truth (10+ / 0-)
      Or at least enough of it. He may very well justify what he did by saying there was nothing wrong with firing USAs for "political" reasons, and I doubt he will cop to trying to interfere with GJ investigations. But at the least, he could very well make it clear that Abu G, McNulty and Moschella were in the.loop and lied to Congress. And he may also know about why WH people used, and how to access it...

      I am going to be away next.week, so I won't be able to watch it live.I hope emptywheel liveblogs it at FDL!

      Alberto Gonzalez: "I'd really like to see his diploma." Dick Cheney: "He scares the living crap out of me." -- Keith Olbermann

      by litigatormom on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 03:01:42 PM PDT

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      •  I'd bet he lies some more (0+ / 0-)
        more selectively and with more talking point twist - but he is only a so-so lawyer, with no charisma and backing other than what he gets from being a water carrier for Bush and Gonzales et al. So he's going to do and say what they want him to do and say and end up with a position (like Gonzales already had cooked up for him) in gov after he lies, or if he really is fully pushed out, he'll end up being taken care of otherwise, like Libby was with his foundation appointment. If he tells the truth where is he left?   Who will help him out and look out for him? He'll say enough cherrypicked "truth" to try to "gum it to death" and "run out the clock" and give the appearance he is testifying in "good faith." He's not a brave, courageous, justice defending whistleblower - he's a tame toad and he needs someone to keep feeding him flies - JMO, fwiw, ymmv. The only good thing about the under oath and public is that someone else may feel compelled to offer up something to contradict the lies. But who is left at DOJ that does the right thing?   There don't seem to be many.
  •  I pray he spills his guts. (7+ / 0-)

    It is the only way he can regain any respect.

    "Though the Mills of the Gods grind slowly,Yet they grind exceeding small."

    by Owllwoman on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 02:27:33 PM PDT

  •  How much of a Bushie is he? (13+ / 0-)

    Well, his attorney is Bradford Berenson. Who is he?

    After serving as associate White House counsel under President George W. Bush, Bradford A. Berenson has rejoined the Washington office of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood as a partner. He will divide his time between the firm’s white collar and appellate litigation groups, where he practiced before being appointed by the president in January 2001. During his two-year tenure in the White House, he handled a variety of legal, legislative and policy issues associated with the Administration’s initiatives with Congress, domestic issues, and the war on terrorism.

    At the White House, Mr. Berenson’s responsibilities included work on judicial selection, executive privilege, and responses to congressional oversight efforts. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, he played a significant role in the executive branch’s counterterrorism response. He worked on the USA Patriot Act, the military order authorizing the use of military commissions, detainee policy and anti-terrorism litigation, presidential action against terrorist financing, and the restructuring of the federal government to create a new Department of Homeland Security.

    Emphases are mine. The words are from his law firm's website.

    Oh, and he was also (or still is) the attorney for former Bush and Rove aide, as well as former Abrahoff executive assistant -- Susan Ralston.

    Never In Our Names

    "The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth."

    by Valtin on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 02:32:54 PM PDT

    •  Forgot to add (6+ / 0-)

      One can only assume that Sampson will be on a very short leash. Anything given up will have been planned, despite protestations to the contrary from the WH.

      You never know what will happen under the bright lights, but all signs are that this will be great theatre, but unsatisfying politically.

      We'll see...

      Never In Our Names

      "The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth."

      by Valtin on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 02:35:37 PM PDT

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      •  I am not sure he is on (8+ / 0-)
        A leash. He will not incriminate himself by admitting that some of the firings were intended to interfere with investigations. He will probably repeat all the pleasure of the president crap. But will he say Abu G was clueless? Will he say Karl Rove wasn't involved? Will he say he failed to brief his superior so that they inadvertently lied to Congress?  I don't think so.

        Alberto Gonzalez: "I'd really like to see his diploma." Dick Cheney: "He scares the living crap out of me." -- Keith Olbermann

        by litigatormom on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 03:08:27 PM PDT

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        •  But, perhaps, because he is human (0+ / 0-)

          and therefore fallible, he just might slip once or twice and provide and entree into some aspect of the USA situation that we can only guess at as of yet.

          My moniker is in honor of three generations of women whose soul's were seared in the cauldron of Hell's Kitchen, NYC

          by hells kitchen on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 06:31:58 PM PDT

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    •  Also (8+ / 0-)

      Someone was reporting that Sampson wanted to delay his testimony until he and his attorney had had time to go over the upcoming doc dump from DOJ (the better to lie to you my dears) Can't have his testimony conflicting with written evidence, now can we.

      A village in Texas is missing it's idiot. Will they please come get him?

      by dotsright on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 02:36:08 PM PDT

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      •  That is conservative lawyering (3+ / 0-)
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        With all the lame "memory" excuses coming out of this Administration, it is easy to be skeptical of a statement like this. But from experience I can tell you that people who are trying to give an accurate account of past events sometimes misremember dates or the chronological order of things.  I had an SEC investigation a number of years ago where the SEC staff insisted on testimony before we were done producing documents. The witnesses misrembered the order of certain events (eight years were in question) and it was embarrassing for them to have to correct their testimony afterwards.

        Alberto Gonzalez: "I'd really like to see his diploma." Dick Cheney: "He scares the living crap out of me." -- Keith Olbermann

        by litigatormom on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 03:15:22 PM PDT

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        •  yah... I don't see anything wrong with that (1+ / 0-)
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          congressional hearings shouldn't be taken lightly. He should endeavor to be as prepared as possible. We shouldn't assume he's lying. I don't know how much of a track record that he has in that regard but he's no victoria toensing.

          A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

          by dougymi on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 03:29:26 PM PDT

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        •  Lame memory excuses (0+ / 0-)

          Is certainly correct. I'm just not ready to put Mister Sampson in the hero whistleblower category just yet. Given the lawyer he acquired and a few other hints, it's even money that he's part of the stonewall attempt.

          A village in Texas is missing it's idiot. Will they please come get him?

          by dotsright on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 04:13:25 PM PDT

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          •  If he was stonewalling, he'd wait for a subpoena (1+ / 0-)
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            I'm not sure he'll give us the WHOLE truth, but I think he will give us some good bits.

            Alberto Gonzalez: "I'd really like to see his diploma." Dick Cheney: "He scares the living crap out of me." -- Keith Olbermann

            by litigatormom on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 08:14:34 PM PDT

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            •  Maybe not (0+ / 0-)

              Not sure if it is worth replying to this as this has long ago disappeared off the board, but here goes.

              I think Fielding's strategy is to make it "look" like they are cooperating. The document dumps, etc. Then you have Snow, Bush, coming out with their catch phrases about extraordinary cooperation and all that other bunkum. The last thing Fielding wants is for the Watergate tainted term "stonewall" to come back into vogue.

              If there are emails that constitute a smoking gun we won't see them and if Sampson knows anything he won't be telling it in his testimony if he can help it.

              I don't think he'll perjure himself but I'm not sure anyone on the committee has enough info to be able to trap him into a question that he has to answer truthfully.

              A village in Texas is missing it's idiot. Will they please come get him?

              by dotsright on Sat Mar 24, 2007 at 04:18:41 PM PDT

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      •  that is okay. (2+ / 0-)
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        let him cover for buchco. catch him in some lies. i have a feeling there are some other doj employees who are feeding the leak pipeline. it should be interesting.


        by AltruisticSkeptic on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 03:43:49 PM PDT

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    •  In other words (2+ / 0-)
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      buckhorn okie, Valtin

      he's a typical Bush neo-con flunky.

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      by Sassy on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 02:36:40 PM PDT

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    •  I wonder who is paying (5+ / 0-)


      Those who hear not the music-think the dancers mad

      by Eiron on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 03:07:23 PM PDT

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  •  He had already resigned... (3+ / 0-)
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    from DoJ and is probably w/o much legal cover to refuse. I think it is the smart move. Now like in the Libby trial where I am sure the WH must have struck a deal with the Libby defense to not have Cheney be called by the defense team to testify, I wonder if this corrupt admin will also do a deal to buy Sampson's silence for a plum position in perhaps the RNC structure or some friendly firm.

  •  Great, another Chief of Staff in jail for perjury (3+ / 0-)
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    Worst Bush administration job ever!

  •  Scary thought (4+ / 0-)

    Kyle looks like Roves spawn. Normally that would include a mother but in this case...

    "no, how dare you sir!"-Jack Ryan

    by Rudykip on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 02:46:55 PM PDT

  •  Let's hope (3+ / 0-)
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    cotterperson, buckhorn okie, CTMET

    Mr. Sampson has enough sense to stay away from small airplanes this weekend.

    As a matter of fact, I'd advise him to stay out of all vehicles and motel rooms.

    Heck, Mr. Sampson, just hole up in your house with your entire family and all of your friends - don't answer your phone and get a food taster...

  •  I had to change my sig (4+ / 0-)
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    when I saw that phrase that Sampson used in one of the emails.

    "Prepare to withstand political upheaval" - D. Kyle Sampson, FORMER Chief of Staff to Alberto Gonzales

    by bejammin075 on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 02:47:48 PM PDT

  •  Miers will be next. (2+ / 0-)
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    cotterperson, buckhorn okie

    "The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me." Dean Vernon Wormer

    by irate on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 02:49:42 PM PDT

  •  and Gonzales is in full spin cycle (4+ / 0-)


    There’s no evidence whatsoever, and it’s reckless and irresponsible to allege that these decisions were based in any way on improper motives.

    Got a body guard, Kyle?

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 02:50:10 PM PDT

  •  this oughta be fun (3+ / 0-)
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    Sampson has already pushed back publicly against attempts to make him the fall guy.  Now he'll do it in front of the Congress, adding to the heat on the WH and DoJ to defend themselves... publicly and under oath.

    Brilliant move by Leahy.

    D-Day, the newest blog on the internet (at the moment of its launch)

    by dday on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 02:53:34 PM PDT

  •  Just another moderate Repub woodshedding... (1+ / 0-)
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    My uncle in Boston is a moderate Repub.  He's spent the past half decade hiding out in the Libertarian Party.  He's not a Dem, but no longer identifies with his Repub Party.  These folks are up for grabs right now.  They're crying out for a leader...which is why Fredo Thompson is thinking of running.  Problem is, they've got no of now.

    The November 2008 Tsudemi Approacheth!

    by Public Servant on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 02:56:29 PM PDT

  •  The sooner the better (0+ / 0-)

    We don't want Karl offering him a better deal.  I'm betting that Kyle, Loyal Bushie that he is, has a keychain thumb drive  chock full of interesting reading material.  

    -3.63, -4.46 "Choose something like a star to stay your mind on- and be staid"

    by goldberry on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 03:28:29 PM PDT

  •  I wonder if Sampson (1+ / 0-)
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    does not fall under Bush's executive privilege defense, since he has resigned? Why else would Kool aid drinkers like him, and his attorney, agree to this? The juciest stuff I've seen so far on this concerns Carol Lam and whether her investigation of Cunningham, Wilkes and Foggo was going to spread to the White House. Sure hope Sampson gets GRILLED on this!

    The people who brought you the War on Terror are the same ones who brought you the War on Drugs.

    by Terminus on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 03:28:47 PM PDT

    •  The DOJ is the people's law firm, (1+ / 0-)
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      not the president's so he should not be protected by executive privilege.  I'm wondering, since the argument just yesterday to postpone his testimony until after Easter, whether or not he has immunity.  That would have been a juicy bargaining chip to get him before Congress so quickly.

  •  What I find interesting here is that Schumer (1+ / 0-)
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    indicated last Sunday on MTP that Sampson was going to testify without subpoena. It caught my attention as well as Russert's. Initially I thought Schumer may have been bluffing about it. This is a big fish to come in voluntarily and it should concern the bushies big time. This only makes the Dems stronger during any possible negotiations involving testimony under oath, in public with a transcript.
    •  All these shenanigans have gone on (2+ / 0-)
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      for six years.  I think that there has been an assumption by these clowns that they can get away with anything.  Now, drip-drip-drip.  Suddenly, the clowns may be coming face to face with the idea that covering for Bush might cost them more than they want to pay, or more than what they're promised is worth.

      My moniker is in honor of three generations of women whose soul's were seared in the cauldron of Hell's Kitchen, NYC

      by hells kitchen on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 06:40:14 PM PDT

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  •  Kyle Sampson 2007=John Dean 1973... (0+ / 0-)

    W is, as Poppy would say, in deep doo doo now.  Rule #1 of breaking open any scandal is to flip an insider.

    The arrogance and the petulance of his press conference on this issue the other day (not to be confused w/ his arrogance and his petulance today) was really pretty stupid.  You don't go out of your way to alienate the prosecutors when one of your co-conspirators is ready to rat on you.  Schumer hinted last Sunday that Sampson was ready to flip.

    This WH, like any mafia family, has operated under the code of omerta.  Sampson appears to be ready to break that code.  Once he does, others may be willing to follow.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I see things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 05:07:51 PM PDT

  •  Hopefully (0+ / 0-)
    he will tell the truth. However, he has been drinking the juice for a long time. Should be fun for some of us.

    Common Sense is not Common

    by RustyBrown on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 06:17:58 PM PDT

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