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Attorney General Mukasey Collapses During Speech; Now “Conversant and Alert”

November 21, 2008

Attorney General Michael Mukasey collapsed earlier in the night while giving a speech to the Federalist Society at a Mariott hotel in Washington, D.C.  He was then rushed to George Washington University Hospital.  The following is footage of Mr. Mukasey’s collapse:

Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr told reporters, “The attorney general is conscious, conversant and alert.”

Associate Attorney General Kevin O’Connor told reporters, “He just started shaking and he collapsed.  They’re very concerned.”

An FBI official has told reporters that Mukasey stuttered over a word and then “went down hard.”

White House Press Secretary Dana Perino told reporters that President Bush has been informed of the situation, “The president has him in his thoughts and will be kept apprised and hopes that he will be back up and at ‘em again soon.”

My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Mukasey right now.  I wish him a speedy recovery.

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Breaking News: Attorney General Michael Mukasey Collapses During Speech

November 21, 2008

This is breaking news coming in now.  Attorney General Michael Mukasey has collapsed while giving a speech.  He has been rushed to George Washington University Hospital in the nation’s capital.  There is no word on his condition or why he collapsed.  I will update this as reports come in.

UPDATE (11:07 P.M. EST): Associate Attorney General Kevin O’Connor just told reporters, “He just started shaking and he collapsed.  They’re very concerned.”

UPDATE (11:16 P.M. EST): A Justice Department and law enforcement official have told reporters that Mukasey was both conscious and talking as he was taken away.

UPDATE (11:35 P.M. EST): An FBI official has told reporters that Mukasey stuttered over a word and then “went down hard.”  Mukasey was talking to the Federalist Society at a Washington hotel.  White House Press Secretary Dana Perino told reporters that President Bush has been informed of the situation, “The president has him in his thoughts and will be kept apprised and hopes that he will be back up and at ‘em again soon.”

UPDATE (11:42 P.M. EST): O’Connor has confirmed that Mukasey is aleter, and conscious, and speaking.

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House Committee Votes to Hold Karl Rove in Contempt of Congress

August 1, 2008

Earlier this week, the House Judiciary Committee (chaired by John Conyers [D-MI]) voted 20-14 along party lines to hold Karl Rove in contempt of Congress for not showing up to testify back in early July.  This vote was only a recommendation, and it will be up to Nancy Pelosi whether or not to bring this for a vote before the full House in September.  If they did vote to hold him in contempt, the citation would be forwarded to the Justice Department for prosecution, or file a lawsuit, as she has done against Josh Bolten and Harriet Miers.

Rove’s attorney, Robert Luskin, called the vote “gratuitously punitive,” since the question of executive privilege was already pending in a federal court (and that decision will be my next blog post tonight).

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) made the comments, “This is simply more election year politicking.  Nothing more need be said.”  And I partly agree with that, but I have ALSO said before, that Rove should be held in contempt.  You can’t just refuse to testify to Congress, and if Rove has nothing to hide, he should just testify.

I would’ve voted with the Democrats on this one.  But before the Republicans get on my case for this, let me remind you that many of you called foul at the Clinton administration for not having his people testify.  And to the Democrats who are calling foul now, if you didn’t cry foul at the Clinton administration, you have no right to do it now.  Investigations shouldn’t be partisan-controlled.  Period.

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Karl Rove Ignores Subpoena and Refuses to Testify to House Committee

July 11, 2008

Well, yesterday, Karl Rove didn’t show up at a hearing at a House Judiciary subcommittee (chaired by Linda Sanchez), where he was supposed to testify, regarding whether or not the Justice Department pushed for investigating Democrats, influenced by partisanship, specifically the investigation of Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.  The House was also investigating the firing of prosecutors who had been investigating Republicans.

The White House cited executive privilege as the reason that Rove (among others) did not have to testify, and Rove has offered to meet informally, while not sworn in, but Democrats have rejected that offer.  Rove and the White House have argued that internal conversations are confidential, and that Congress has no right to force officials to testify.

Rove may be held in contempt of Congress.  The decision to pursue contempt charges will go the full Judiciary Committee and ultimately to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). 

The House already has voted to hold two of President Bush’s confidants in contempt for failing to cooperate with its inquiry into whether the administration fired nine federal prosecutors in 2006 for political reasons.

The case, involving White House chief of staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers, is in federal court and may not be resolved before Bush’s term ends in January.  The House has already has voted to hold Hariet Miers and Josh Bolten in contempt, for not cooperating in its investigation into the firing of the prosecutors back in 2006.  That case is still in federal court.

Personally, I think Rove should just cooperate.

And I’m tired of partisan hackery by BOTH sides.  You have liberals saying that Rove has to testify, yet these same liberals stood silent during Clinton’s administration and defended officials such as Janet Reno, when she was held in contempt.  You have conservatives who attacked Reno and others and now are defending Rove.  BOTH officials should have cooperated, and I’m tired of people just siding with anybody from their party no matter what.  If you do something wrong, face up to it.  If you associate with the party of somebody who did something wrong, don’t just keep defending them.  I’m a hard core conservative – but I’m tired of all of this crap.  Right is right and wrong is wrong – who cares who’s in what party – law and order is law and order.  Obey the law.  PERIOD.

I’ll keep following this as the situation develops.

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