J. Scott Jennings, the 29-year old aide to Karl Rove, was forced to go in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about the US Attorney Scandal. As soon as I read the title to the New York Times article,”With Rove Absent, Aide Is Grilled by Senate Panel”, I knew it was going to be a classic article. Here are the best excerpts from the article:

Given Mr. Rove’s absence, it was left to the 29-year-old aide, J. Scott Jennings, to endure the collective annoyance of the committee, something that his invocation of executive privilege upon White House orders could not shield him from.

Mr. Specter bestowed the faintest of praise on Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, saying that Mr. Gonzales’s latest, carefully parsed explanation about disagreements over the administration’s surveillance operations did not make him a perjurer. But it did show him to be “a wily witness” who was not acting as the nation’s law enforcement chief should act, Mr. Specter said.

“I will be unable at this time to answer any questions concerning White House consideration, deliberations or communications related to the U.S. attorneys matter,” Mr. Jennings said at the outset with his lawyer, Mark Paoletta, by his side.

To describe his predicament, Mr. Jennings chose an allusion that must have flown right by those senators not steeped in the works of Homer. “I hope that you can appreciate the difficulty of my situation,” he said. “It makes Odysseus’s voyage between Scylla and Charybdis seem like a pleasure cruise.”

After that, Mr. Jennings was not informative enough for Mr. Leahy. “So,” the senator said, “the new way of taking the Fifth.” When Mr. Leahy asked Mr. Jennings what role he had in picking nominees for United States attorney post, he found the witness similarly unilluminating. “Sounds like the taxpayers are paying you to stonewall,” the senator said.

Mr. Jennings did get a measure of sympathy from Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, who said the wrong man was sitting in the witness chair. “Where’s Karl Rove?” Mr. Durbin asked.

In my mind, I keep picturing a scared little 15-year old gazing at the Senate Judiciary Committee, one of the meanest panels in Washington. Mining in China may be the world’s most dangerous job, but political aide to Karl Rove certainly is the most awkward.


1 Response to “J. Scott Jennings Has The Worst Job EVER”

  1. 1 Ben

    As someone who knows Scott Jennings and grew up with him, I can say it’s sad to see him thrown to the lions by the very people he placed his trust in. Obviously, there are people who need to be on trial, and the fact that they would send him instead of showing up themselves is further evidence of that fact.

    I doubt you bother reading these comments, Scott, but if you do, I wish you the best of luck in this. I’m sorry to see you taking the national stage in this way instead of showcasing the many talents and great intelligence that I know you have.

    Ben

Leave a Reply





Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Categories

Random Posts

  • Average Age (1800-2010): I've posted a PDF of the Court's average age at the beginning of every term from 1800-present. The ages were taken on the first Monday in Oc...
  • Update: List Of Advocates Who Have Argued Twice In A Month: Four days ago, I posted a list of the advocates who have argued twice during a single month since 2003. Well, that chart is already outdated...
  • Predicting the April Sitting: I run into the exact same debate every year around mid-January: which cases will be heard during the current term and which will be pushed o...
  • Solicitor General Record During OT08: I compiled the SG's win-loss record during OT08 in four different scenarios: When it took part in a case as Petitioner, when it took part as...
  • An Interview with Michael Dreeben: Michael Dreeben, a Deputy Solicitor General, spent the last semester on leave to teach at Duke University Law School. During his time there,...