The Irrelevance of Gonzalez

Marty Lederman makes the case that the focus on Alberto Gonzalez is misplaced. In his key actions, the AG "simply took Sampson's word for it, because he was confident that Sampson's unadorned list reflected Rove's and Miers's wishes." Thus, "insofar as Congress's objective is to determine whether anything unlawful or unconstitutional was involved in the U.S. Attorney dismissals" what's needed is the information from the White House that Fred Fielding has been declining to hand over. Information about what Rove, Bush, and Miers were up to -- not just stuff in the Justice Department.