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US attorneys "serve at the pleasure of the president," but "justice does not serve at the pleasure of the president." -- Democratic senator Patrick Leahy, March 29

Sampson testifies about US attorney firings, confirms that Gonzales heavily involved

"The decision-makers in this case were the attorney general and the counsel to the president." -- Kyle Sampson

Bush, military lie about need for immediate troop funding

"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is. ...I think it's also important for the president to lay out a timetable as to how long [US troops] will be involved and when they will be withdrawn." -- George W. Bush, speaking on the US involvement in Kosovo, April-June 1999