Addington: Unitary Government? Wha’s That?

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June 26, 2008 12:08 p.m.

After grilling John Yoo on the possibility of burying suspects alive, the great, grumpy committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) turned his attention to David Addington to question him on the Unitary Theory of the Executive, something Addington should know something about, oh, considering that was his primary justification for torturing terrorism suspects:

Conyers: Do you feel that the Unitary Theory of the Executive allows the President to do things over and above the stated law of the land?

Addington: The Constitution binds all of us, Congressman, the President, all the U.S. members of Congress, all of the federal judges. We all take an oath to support and defend it. I frankly don’t know what you mean by the Unitary Theory of Government. I dont –

Conyers: Have you ever heard of that theory before?

Addington: Oh I have, I’ve seen it in the newspapers all the time-

Conyers: Do you support it?

Addington: I don’t know what it is.

Conyers: You don’t know what it is.

Addington: No, and it’s always described as something Addington’s the great, you know-

Conyers: I see.

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