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White House uses secrecy to defend attorney general

This is a very interesting response. The White House claims that attorney general Alberto Gonzales, recovering from a testimony that was essentially shown to be untrue after the testimony by FBI Director Mueller, was bound by secrecy laws and hence he should have been believed. One can easily speculate as to how much this particular statement will be believed by the gentlemen sitting in Congress:

The White House offered a vigorous defense of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales yesterday, insisting that he had not given misleading testimony to Congress, but that national security factors prevented further clarification for now. “He has testified truthfully and tried to be very accurate,” the chief White House spokesman, Tony Snow, said of Gonzales’ testimony this week before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mueller’s account appeared to conflict starkly with Gonzales’ version of events, in which he told the Senate Judiciary Committee that there was no disagreement about the program. In insisting that there was no real contradiction, Snow said Gonzales was just not able to explain further “because to do so would compromise American security.”

In essence, what the White House is saying that the attorney general was speaking the truth, that you folks should not read too much about the difference in testimony between his testimony and that of Mueller, and anyway, it is all your fault since you knew that he would not be able to say much due to the need for secrecy, and you folks should have understood that.
When it has been clearly shown that he was speaking a lie and perjuring himself, the concept that a defense based on ‘trust us, we are speaking the truth’ will work shows how far the White House is from reality. This is likely to make members of Congress more likely to try and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the attorney general.

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