Thursday, July 26, 2007

It's Looking A Lot Like Fredo Has Perjured Himself

"Fredo" is the nickname Bush bestowed on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. It's an interesting and ironic choice considering that Fredo was the seriously underachieving screw-up among the brothers in The Godfather movies. This Fredo actually has a rep as a serious overachiever, a guy who on first blush had to be admired for rising to the top from serious poverty.

But this man straight out of a Horatio Alger novel seems to have thrown his lot in with a fast and loose crowd, legally speaking. And it looks like he may be the next one, after Scooter Libby, to face the gauntlet.

I can't reproduce this breaking story from The Associated Press because of permissions issues, but the gist of it is that documents contradict sworn testimony that Gonzales gave before the Senate this week. The report leads off, "Documents indicate eight congressional leaders were briefed about the Bush administration's terrorist surveillance program on the eve of its expiration in 2004," which isn't what Fredo told senators under oath.

The entire article is on the AP Web site, here.

It's looking like Fredo may be the next slice of toast. But it may end up a case like with Scooter, in which he knows too much to let him take the fall.

It will be interesting to watch for the possible perjury investigation once Congress gets back from August recess.