Reporter Silla Brush brings us these gems live from the Senate hearing on the firings of at least six U.S. attorneys. The House will hold a similar hearing at 2 p.m.
- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.: "Not since the 'Saturday Night Massacre,' when President Nixon forced the firing of the Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox, have we witnessed anything of this magnitude."
- Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa.: "It would be helpful if DOJ would be a little more sensitive about what they're doing. To replace seven U.S. attorneys all at once is not exactly a discreet thing to do."
- Dismissed New Mexico U.S. Attorney David Iglesias, remembering a call with Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.: "Domenici said, 'Are there going to be findings before November?' I said I don't think so. Then he said 'sorry to hear that' and then the line went dead. I felt sick afterwards. I felt leaned on. I felt pressure to get these matters moving."
- Iglesias on a separate call with Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M.: "The second she said anything about sealed indictments, a red flag went up. It's like calling up a scientist and asking about secret launch codes."
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