Former Gonzales Aide Appears Before Congress
The former chief of staff to embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. Kyle Sampson gave evidence on why eight federal prosecutors were fired.
Responding to questions from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Sampson rejected the notion that the dismissals were ordered by young or inexperienced Justice Department officials.
"The decision makers in this case were the attorney general and the counsel to the president," he told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Sampson stepped down from his post in the midst of the furor over the firings.
Dahlia Lithwick, legal analyst for the online magazine Slate, talks with Madeleine Brand.
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