Gonzales Kills McNulty’s Credibility on McNulty’s Way Out the Door

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Yesterday, when Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty resigned, Alberto Gonzales had nothing but nice things to say about his top assistant. Gonzo called McNulty a “dynamic and thoughtful leader” and said McNulty is “an outstanding public servant and a fine attorney who has been valued here at the Department… On behalf of the Department, I wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Wrong! Today, Gonzales threw McNulty under a bus in a big way. Speaking at the National Press Club, Gonzales said this morning, “You have to remember, at the end of the day, the recommendations reflected the views of the deputy attorney general. He signed off on the names… And he would know better than anyone else, anyone in this room, anyone — again, the deputy attorney general would know best about the qualifications and the experiences of the United States attorneys community, and he signed off on the names.”

Good luck finding employment, Paul! Go ahead and put “Fall Guy for Major DOJ Embarrassment” at the top of your resume.

Washington can be so vicious, can’t it?

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

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Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

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Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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