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U.S. Attorney Controversy 3-27-07 - MP3
Each day brings added controversy over the recent dismissal
of eight U.S. Attorneys. Congressional oversight hearings in both
chambers seem inevitable, and the scope of those hearings, including
the extent of testimony by key Administration staffers, is being
hotly debated. Was the President entitled to dismiss the U.S.
Attorneys? Are there any limitations on the Executive's authority
over the employment status of political appointees? Is the answer
different if the U.S. Attorney at issue is currently leading,
has decided not to pursue, or has recently concluded a politically-sensitive
criminal investigation? How and by whom should the limits of Congressional
oversight and Executive Privilege be determined? Our panel of
experts will examine these and other important questions.
- Mr. Mark Agrast, Center for American Progress
- Mr. Andrew McCarthy, National Review Online and former
Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney
- Prof. Jonathan Turley, George Washington School of
- Mr. M. Edward Whelan III, President, Ethics and Public
- Mr. Leonard A. Leo, The Federalist Society (Moderator)
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Location: National Press Club