Politics

VIDEO: Senate Conservatives Refuse To Put Gonzales Under Oath

Watch the right-wing members of the committee take a principled stand against accountability:

SPECTER: The question is should the ruling of the chair be upheld that Attorney General Gonzales not be sworn.

Specter wins the vote but concludes “this is really not a very good way to begin this hearing.”

Full Transcript:

SPECTER: So the question is, should the ruling of the chair be upheld that Attorney General Gonzales not be sworn?

HATCH: Aye.

GRASSLEY: Aye.

DEWINE: Aye.

GRAHAM: Aye.

KYL: Aye.

CORNYN: Aye.

SPECTER: By proxy, for Sen. Brownback, aye. Sen. Coburn – We’ve got enough votes already. Sen. Leahy?

LEAHY: Emphatically, no.

KENNEDY: No.

BIDEN: No.

KOHL: No.

FEINSTEIN: No.

FEINGOLD: No.

SPECTER: Aye. The ayes have it.

FEINGOLD: Mr. Chairman, I request to see the proxies given by the Republican senators.

SPECTER: Could you repeat that Sen. Feingold?

FEINGOLD: I request to see the proxies given by the Republican senators.

SPECTER: The practice is to rely upon the staffers. But without counting that vote – Well, we can rephrase the question if there’s any serious challenge of the proxies. This is really not a very good way to begin this hearing.