Justice Department Smacks Cheneyites Over al-Qaeda Smear Campaign
From Jake Tapper at ABC:
Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller said today that Justice Department officials “will not participate in an attempt to drag people’s names through the mud for political purposes.”
Miller said that one of the hallmarks of “our nation’s legal system is that attorneys provide faithful representation to all sorts of clients. As John Roberts said at his confirmation hearings, it is wrong to identify lawyers with the client or the views the lawyer advances for the client, and our history is replete with such examples, from John Adams representing British soldiers to Department of Defense JAG lawyers representing Guantanamo detainees.”
Notice Miller daring Cheney and Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to slander the JAG lawyers who defend Guantanamo detainees. Glenn Greenwald has perspective on all this.
And Justin Elliott notices a lawyer working for Rudy “Noun-Verb-9/11″ Giuliani’s firm. Good for Giuliani for hiring someone who’d offer legal counsel to the most vilified of defendants, which is the American way.