David Kurtz

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The top DOJ official representing the department at this afternoon's House hearing on the U.S. attorney purge just testified that none of the fired U.S. attorneys were told about their offices' supposed deficiencies before they were terminated.

Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General William E. Moschella is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee. Part of his opening statement is up here. He is running through the "performance-related" reasons for each U.S. attorneys firing right now. More in a moment.

You can watch this afternoon's House Committee hearings on the U.S. Attorney purge via the web, and Paul is providing periodic updates at TPMmuckraker.

Among the most startling testimony in this morning's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings came in response to a line of questioning from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). Video of the exchange is up at TPMm.

We have the video of the key portion of former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias' on the calls from Pete Domenici and Heather Wilson.

As I mentioned below, the then-chief of staff of Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) called U.S. Attorney John McKay, then the top federal law enforcement officer in Seattle, about whether there was an investigation ongoing into the 2004 Washington governor race, McKay testified today. We have the video up.

Libby verdict should be here any minute . . .

guilty of 4 of 5 counts, CNN says.

As I watch the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the fired U.S. Attorneys, I'm reminded of the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings. I don't think any congressional hearings have been as riveting since then, nor have any generated as much news as this one. A seminal moment.

Wow--Cummins, McKay, and Iglesias all said that they would have opened an obstruction investigation based on the phone call to Cummins from Michael Elston, the chief of staff to Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty--if they were still in office, of course. The Cummins email recounting that conversation is here. Video shortly . . .

Late Update: Video here.

We have posted the email Bud Cummins sent to the other canned U.S. Attorneys after he received what he perceived as a threatening phone call from Deputy AG Paul McNulty's chief of staff. A must-read . . .

Update: Video of Cummins' testimony here.