Gorelick Interrogates Ashcroft

by Andrew C. McCarthy

Gorelick’s a good lawyer. She couldn’t avoid questioning, since that would have been a tacit admission that she should recuse herself, but she avoided going anywhere near her ‘95 memo because to confront it would have underscored how hopelessly conflicted she is as a Commissioner. She’s trying to make the best legal record she can for her fitness as a Commissioner. But I wonder what normal people who aren’t lawyers think of all this. Isn’t the normal impulse to wonder why she’s not answering the gauntlet the AG threw down?

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