The Washington Post and The New York Times reported the Justice Department's assertion that during a conversation in March, Alberto Gonzales was not trying to influence Monica Goodling's memory of the circumstances surrounding the U.S. attorney firings. But neither the Post nor the Times noted that the occurrence of the conversation itself appears to contradict Gonzales' congressional testimony that he had not spoken about the firings with anyone involved.
In an article on a House-passed bill repealing the law that allowed the Bush administration to appoint "interim" U.S. attorneys indefinitely and without Senate confirmation, the Associated Press reported that the change "will close a loophole that Democrats say could have permitted the White House to reward GOP loyalists with plum jobs as U.S. Attorneys." But what the AP characterized as Democrats' concerns have already borne out: Tim Griffin, a former aide to Karl Rove, has been serving -- and continues to serve -- without Senate confirmation.