David Kurtz

David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

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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.

The canard that the canned U.S. Attorneys were not following DOJ priorities has been pretty much exploded by their testimony. David Iglesias read a letter to him from Michael Battle dated January 2006, praising him for his leadership in pursuing DOJ priorities. John McKay said much the same thing. None of them ever received any indication from DOJ that they were not following those priorities.

More bombshells: Rep. Doc Hastings' (R-WA) then chief of staff called Seattle U.S. Attorney John McKay to inquire about whether the feds were investigating allegations of voter fraud in the 2004 Washington governor's race, McKay testified. McKay said he stopped the chief of staff before he went too far with his questions, but was troubled enough by the call to discuss it with his top assistant.

Developing . . .

Update: Paul is providing updates on the hearings at Muckraker.

Late Update: We have the video here.