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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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.

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings are turning out to be even more explosive than expected.

David Iglesias says Pete Domenici called him at home to specifically ask about the New Mexico public corruption investigation of a Democrat and whether the indictments would be filed before November.

When Iglesias said no, Domenici said he was very sorry to hear that and hung up the phone, according to Iglesias.

Iglesias said he felt pressured by Domenici and "leaned on." The call made him "sick," Iglesias told the committee, noting that it was "unprecedented" for him to get a call from a member of Congress at home.

Two weeks earlier, Iglesias had received a call from Rep. Heather Wilson while he was in a DC hotel room on DOJ business. That call was also brief, and Iglesias said Wilson asked whether there were any "sealed indictments." Iglesias demurred, and the call ended with Wilson saying she guessed she would have to take his word for it and the call ended, according to Iglesias.

Video up soon . . .

Late update: Here's the video.