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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Leahy to Subpoena "Key Person"

Vfwleahy U.S. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy told "Freyne Land" in an exclusive interview following his remarks to the state VFW Convention Saturday that his Senate Judiciary Committee is "about to subpoena a key person from the White House."

"Male or female?" I asked.

"A person from the White House," answered Chairman Leahy.

"Is that this week?" I asked.

"Don’t know," he answered.  "Depends. And I’ve also got an agreement to turn over more emails. We’ll see what’s in them."

Yes we will. 

"We’re going through thousands upon thousands of pages of depositions, interviews, emails," said St. Patrick. "This is not Perry Mason where you send somebody in and get an answer."

Fasten your seat belts, folks.

The investigation into the Bush administration's removal of U.S. attorneys for political reasons     "will continue for months and months," Leahy told us. "The President said the other day that we seem to have ‘drug’ it out, to use his words.

"My response to the President," said Leahy of Vermont, "and I delivered it again yesterday, is:
answer the questions, stop hiding material and we’ll go a lot faster."

It was clear to this reporter who has covered Leahy since 1980 that his patience with the Bush-Cheney stonewalling has run out.

"You remember," noted Leahy, "they did this with the 9/11 Commission. They held back, as long as they could, the information that showed that the Bush Administration could have stopped 9/11 before it happened and didn’t."

We noted the Bush approval rating is in the toilet.

You may have noticed that last week the Pew Research Center found Bush's approval rating at an all-time low of 29 percent. Pew reported:

For the first time in Pew Research Center polling, disapproval of President Bush's job performance outnumbers approval by more than two-to-one (61% disapprove, 29% approve). Bush's job approval is down six points from April, and is three points below the previous low measured in November and December of 2006.

The decline in Bush's support is most notable among Republicans. Just under two-thirds (65%) of Republicans approve of the President's performance today, down from 77% in April. This drop is apparent among both the conservative and moderate wings of the party. The proportion of conservative Republicans giving a positive rating declined 12 points to an all-time low of 74%. The proportion of moderate and liberal Republicans giving a positive rating fell 11 points (to 52%), also an all-time low.

P_leahy_vfw St. Patrick noted the poll that made the real difference was held last November when the American voter ended Republican control of House and Senate - effective one-party rule.

"They’ve had a rubber stamp Congress for six years and nobody did any investigations," Leahy pointed out. "Nobody asked any questions, No one had a voice to speak out, because it was controlled by the Republicans in the House and the Senate and they would not allow any investigations.

"Now, interestingly enough, as I go into these investigations, some of the same Republicans who were muzzled by the White House are beginning to speak out. And nobody tries to stop me from getting the subpoenas on the Republican side. This is a lot different than it was just a year ago," said Leahy.


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>>"You remember," noted Leahy, "they did this with the 9/11 Commission. They held back, as long as they could, the information that showed that the Bush Administration could have stopped 9/11 before it happened and didn’t."<<

Wait a minute, Senator Leahy, in January you told Burlington voters the 9/11 Commission was okey dokey. Now you say its conclusions are flawed and Bush could have prevented 9/11?! Which is it?

If what you say is true, Senator Leahy, it sure sounds like an IMPEACHABLE offense to me. And if you're right about George Bush -- that he could have prevented the "war on terror" but chose not to -- I bet Congress would stop acting like the cowardly lion, the tin man, and the scare crow all rolled into one, and finally end this fiasco in Iraq, reverse the USA PATRIOT Act, the Military Commissions Act, close get the picture.

It's to bad you used your bully pulpit this spring to discourage Burlington voters from demanding the very 9/11 investigation that might have proved your "wild" accusation true.

But hey, despite your pre-emptive strike on democracy -- telling voters you weren't going to do anything regardless of the vote -- the call for a new investigation still got 36% of the vote city-wide, that's 7% higher than Bush's current approval rating!! And it won with 60% in two of seven Wards. I'm betting it would've won city-wide had you said "BUSH KNEW" then.

Oh, least you're saying it what are you going to do about it????

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