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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Lindsey Graham inadvertently stumps Al Gonzales

From the confirmation hearings transcript:
    SEN. GRAHAM: Okay. Comment, if you could: Do you believe that a professional military lawyer's opinion that this memo may put our troops in jeopardy under the Uniform Code of Military Justice was a correct opinion? (Pause.)

    MR. GONZALES: Would you like me to try to answer that now, Senator, Mr. Chairman?

    SEN. SPECTER: Yes, Judge Gonzales, the question is pending.

    MR. GONZALES: And the question is do I believe that the military lawyers' judgment that --

    SEN. GRAHAM: -- the techniques being espoused in the memo may put our troops at jeopardy under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. (Pause.) And if you don't have -- if you want to look at -- take some time, that's fine.

    MR. GONZALES: Thank you, Senator.

    SEN. GRAHAM: I mean, that's a very -- I want sometime later for you to answer that question, but you don't have to do it right now.

    SEN. SPECTER: If you want to think it over, Judge Gonzales, and respond later --

    MR. GONZALES: I do. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

    SEN. SPECTER: -- later during the hearing, that's fine. Senator Feingold.