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HEARINGS: Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) Unveils Flowchart of White House/Justice Department Communications Expansion

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In today's televised Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) presented a chart that illustrates the great extent that the Justice Department and White House communications have expanded under Gonzales's leadership. Under Bush/Gonzales over 400 persons within the White House and Department of Justice - as a matter of policy - can freely interact on official business. Unprecedented!! In the Clinton White House under AG Janet Reno, there were only seven. How many of these 400 plus individuals had RNC email accounts? What guarantees were there that specific cases and evidence were not being discussed? What guarantees or checks/balances were in place to insure that political partisan influence was not in play? How many of these 400 plus individuals were involved in the US Attorney firings? Did one of them 'author' the list?

Whitehouse presented the perfect flowchart for Congress to begin the issuance of Senate subpoenas for White House and Department of Justice officials. His questioning and pictorial display of the chaotic management of the Justice Department under Gonzales was groundbreaking and the most revealing evidence yet of how politicized our legal system has become. It depicts exactly who in the White House and Justice Department were authorized to communicate with each other.

The only response or explanation Gonzales had to offer was that it indeed appeared problematic. No wonder the White House has accidently "erased" 5 million emails.

I would ask that anyone who has video of Senator Whitehouse's questioning of Gonzales on White House/DoJ communications policy, please send it to OpEdNews at innovator2day@gmail.com.

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OpedNews volunteer from 2005 to 2013.

Amanda Lang was a wonderful member of the Opednews team, and the first volunteer editor, for a good number of years being a senior editor. She passed away summer 2014.


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