Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The real reason Mukasey was confirmed

The nomination of Michael Mukasey for Attorney General was thought otbe in trouble until 2 key Democrats - Finestein and Shumer (both Jewish) suddenly switched and voted to confirm him. This article from the Council for the National Interest Foundation provides a good explanation.

AIPAC Espionage Trial May Subpoena Rice, Hadley, Abrams, Wolfowitz, FeithNovember 6, 2007From CNI Staff

The United States judge presiding over the AIPAC espionage trial involving Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, former senior staffers, has ruled that the prosecution may subpoena top U.S. officials, including Condoleezza Rice, Stephen Hadley, Richard Armitage, and top neocons Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, and Elliott Abrams. It is believed that their testimony, should they ever agree to testify, would negate the contention that the information collected by Rosen and Weissman and passed on to Israel would ever have endangered the interests of the United States.

As Grant Smith of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy points out in a recent email to his members and on his website, the subpoenas heighten the probability that the case will be dismissed altogether since the Bush administration has set a pattern of refusing to let its officials testify at congressional hearings. As Judge T.S. Ellis has already said, "The government's refusal to comply with a subpoena in these circumstances may result in dismissal or lesser sanctions."

Smith also believes that if Michael Mukasey is confirmed and sworn in as Attorney General, his record suggests that he will move to have the case abandoned.

The ruling has thus been depicted as a defeat for the prosecution. See the article by Nathan Guttman in the Forward.



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