RUSH: To Fox News Sunday yesterday. The party that said Bill Clinton’s perjury was a personal matter now wants to go after Alberto Gonzales for perjury, when he didn’t even commit perjury. This whole thing with the US attorneys, all the Democrats are doing is setting it up so this Department of Justice can go paralyzed to go after vote fraud. One of the things that these eight US attorneys, some of them were gotten rid of for is because they were not pursuing voter fraud cases. The administration says this is huge, because the Democrats are engaging in it. Any time you go anywhere where a Democrat or a civil rights activist or whoever opposes photo ID on voter registration cards, you know they want to cheat! Nine times out of ten they want to cheat. So here we have Gonzales getting rid of these US attorneys at Bush’s request because they’re not pursuing voter fraud cases. This is all about trying to tie up the justice department so that they will not pursue them any further by having a cloud over the firing of the attorneys. I know I sound cynical. I actually think the reason this is going on is so that they can have a better chance of getting away with voter fraud. They have put this notion out it’s Republicans that are guilty of that. Democrats wrote the book on it. Both parties know how, don’t misunderstand. So anyway, we got Feingold on with Chris Wallace. Chris Wallace says, ‘Senator, according to this morning’s New York Times, Alberto Gonzales may actually have been right. The dispute may have been over — it’s very technical — the computer searches of databases not the interception of phone calls. But in any point it’s a very technical issue we’re discussing here. Does this really rise to the level of appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the attorney general for perjury?’
FEINGOLD: You bet it does. This is technical, and it is classified, but there’s really nothing more important than not having the attorney general of the United States tell false statements to Congress about these programs and about what’s going on. Now, the truth is that the attorney general, in my view, has at least lied to Congress and may have committed perjury. And I think we need to have somebody who is able to look at both the classified and non-classified material in a way that he can actually determine whether or not criminal charges have to be pursued.
RUSH: Chris Wallace then says, ‘Senator, wouldn’t the American people rather see Congress do something about lowering drug prices, about energy policy, about student loans, all part of the Democrat agenda that you haven’t passed so far rather than engage in this political theater?’
FEINGOLD: That’s just not true. We have passed a major energy bill in the Senate. We have passed major legislation on student lowers and higher education.
WALLACE: Forgive me, Senator, but none of it has gotten through Congress.
FEINGOLD: Well, the fact is a minimum wage increase got through Congress.
RUSH: (Laughing.) Whoop-de-doo! Yip yip yip yip yahoo. Wallace says, ‘Can you point to a single smoking gun, any hard evidence that the White House has done anything legal?’
FEINGOLD: I think clearly with regard to the NSA surveillance program —
WALLACE: No, I’m talking about the US attorneys, sir.
FEINGOLD: I believe they probably have. I can’t give you anything definitive on that, but I do believe there’s been terrible misconduct and misleading approaches here.
WALLACE: But I think the question is, ‘Is this really going anywhere?’ Is this substantive oversight, or is this political theater? I mean, the point is, on the US attorneys which we’re talking about, six-, seven-month investigation, 8500 pages of documents, 14 witnesses, and you say yourself as a member of the Senate judiciary, you haven’t found any hard evidence that the White House has broken the law.
FEINGOLD: Well, I happen to think they probably did break the law here —
WALLACE: But do you have any evidence?
FEINGOLD: — over until we — well, that’s why we’re asking for people like Karl Rove and others to come down and testify so we can actually examine the evidence.
RUSH: They don’t have anything, and he had to (grumbles), ‘Well, we did pass a minimum wage.’ My guess is that Senator Feingold does not know how shellacked he was when he left the Fox News broadcast complex on Sunday.