Two weeks ago during Alberto Gonzales’s testimony in front of the senate judiciary committee, Senator Ted Kennedy asked him a question:
The senator was likely particularly upset with what he read in the newspaper that morning since the peace corps was originally started by his brother, President John F. Kennedy. But the relevant point was that Kennedy asked Gonzales if Karl Rove and company had been giving partisan political briefings to Justice Department officials as they had been doing so to diplomats in many other areas of government. Gonzales said he didn’t believe so.
Washington Post, August 4th:
Justice officials attended 12 political briefings at the White House, and another held at the Department of Agriculture, from 2001 to 2006…At least five were led by Rove or included presentations by him. One March 2001 meeting included a “political update” from Rove and a discussion on “how we can work together to advance the President’s agenda.”
The White House has denied that the briefings were improper, saying they were merely informational meetings for political appointees.
[House oversight committee Chairman Henry] Waxman is investigating whether the meetings violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity on federal government property.