Mike Allen at The Politico
gets a general preview of Kyle Sampson's testimony on Thursday:
Sampson is not gunning for anybody, according to friends. He believes that the issue has blown up because the Justice Department had an inadequate system for preparing officials to testify before Congress, the friends say. The Justice Department officials testified that the firings were based on performance rather than politics, an assertion called into question by e-mails the department later delivered to Capitol Hill.
The friends say Sampson, 37, does not plan to deliver bombshells, and say that Democrats looking for plots and schemes will be disappointed. Like other Republicans, Sampson will contend there was no underlying sin, just a botched response.
âHe is not personally of the opinion now, based on what he knows, that anybody at the Department of Justice did anything intentionally wrong,â said a friend familiar with Sampsonâs thinking.
Sampson is testifying voluntarily, sparing the committee from having to decide whether to subpoena him. âHe doesnât feel that he has anything to hide,â the friend said. âHe doesnât feel that thereâs any aspect of this story that he canât explain publicly. Heâs hoping to contribute what he knows in the hope that getting the truth out, as fully as it can be gotten out, will ultimately help calm the situation rather than aggravate it.â
Classic moments in euphemism: "inadequate system for preparing officials to testify before Congress."
Remember from Sampson's earlier statement
that the White House involvement in the firings wasn't discussed in preparing for testimony because they didn't "deem it important at the time."
I'm looking forward to seeing him try that line on Pat Leahy.