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Apr 20

Past Event

Politics and the Justice Department: Finding a Path to Accountability

Event Materials


The dismissals of eight United States attorneys have brought Attorney General Alberto Gonzales under intense scrutiny. As more details come to light, broader questions regarding the influence of presidential policy and partisan politics on the work at the Justice Department are being asked.

On April 20, the Brookings Institution continued its Judicial Issues Forum series with a discussion on lessons learned from the attorney general firings and other legal controversies. Panelists discussed the trial and conviction of former White House Chief of Staff, Scooter Libby; the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act; prosecution of voter fraud; and the replacement of all US attorneys by the Clinton Administration in 1993.

Panelists included two former Justice Department officials under President Clinton, Neal Katyal, professor of law at Georgetown University, and Robert Litt, partner at Arnold & Porter LLP. Additionally, Benjamin Wittes, Brookings guest scholar; George Terwilliger, former Deputy Attorney General under George H.W. Bush; and Timothy Flanigan, former deputy to then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales, provided commentary.

Stuart Taylor, Jr., a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings and a writer for National Journal and Newsweek, moderated the panel.

Event Agenda

  • Moderator

    • Stuart Taylor, Jr.

      Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution; Columnist, National Journal; Contributor, Newsweek

  • Panelists

    • Portrait: Benjamin Wittes

      Benjamin Wittes

      Fellow and Research Director in Public Law, Governance Studies

    • George Terwilliger

      Partner, White & Case

    • Neal Katyal

      Professor of Law, Georgetown University

    • Robert Litt

      Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP

    • Timothy Flanigan

      Former Deputy White House Counsel (2001-2002)


April 20, 2007

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Stein Room

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.


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