Lying to Congress is a crime. So is obstruction of justice. The words are being tossed about freely now, in U.S. attorneygate, and Josh Marshall is but one who thinks Alberto “The Torturer” Gonzales will soon be out as attorney general. A fish rots at its head. But the rot doesn’t stop there. Tim Griffin, the Karl Rove political assassin (we’re speaking in the metaphorical sense, of course, in reference to his political opposition work) who was installed to do Rove’s dirty work in Little Rock, should hit the door just as rapidly. There’ll be no confidence in the quality of justice in Little Rock until he does.

For the record: The call Griffin returned to the Times this week was to say that he still had no intention of answering questions about his participation in an effort to suppress black vote in Florida. This is precisely the reason he won’t submit to a Senate confirmation hearing. And his refusal to put these questions to rest is precisely the reason he should not be U.S. attorney for another day, much less the balance of Bush’s term, as was is Karl Rove’s plan.

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Kos, too, notes the lie Gonzales told Congress when he claimed he intended to put nominees before the Senate — now contradicted in writing by the White House. We pointed out this tall tale weeks ago, by the way.

UPDATE: Dan Froomkin of Wash. Post has begun connecting the dots, including on Tim Griffin’s past activities to combat voter “fraud” — otherwise known as black people voting.

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UPDATE II: Gonzales had a press conference. Mistakes were made. Not by him. He’ll get to the bottom of it.  Right.

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