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Going, Going, Gonzo...

Well now we know why there was that mysterious 18 day "gap" in the emails of Monday's docudump.

From Friday's dump via the AP:
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales approved plans to fire several U.S. attorneys in an hourlong meeting last fall, according to documents released Friday that indicate he was more involved in the dismissals than he has claimed.

Last week, Gonzales said he "was not involved in any discussions about what was going on" in the firings of eight prosecutors that has since led to a political firestorm and calls for his ouster.

A Nov. 27 meeting, in which the attorney general and at least five top Justice Department officials participated, focused on a five-step plan for carrying out the firings of the prosecutors, Gonzales' aides said late Friday.

Personally I don't know why anyone would be surprised to learn that Gonzales had been less than forthcoming with the truth. His "don't blame me, I just work here" excuse last week suggested that either he was a) so oblivious to the goings on around him at the DOJ that he did even know what his immediate staff was doing or b) he saw that all eyes were being drawn to him because of the shit storm over the firings that he wish to absolve himself of involvement in an attempt to save his job. We now know it was option two.

Which also makes me wonder how much this latest revelation has to do with ultimately protecting Rove. President Bush seemingly threw Gonzo a life preserver the other day in vouching support for his embattled AG. Now I wonder if it might have been filled with lead.

Josh Marshall has the serious and SpinDentist the snark.

(Filed at State of the Day)