Ted Cruz’s Non-Gotcha Question

Jason Dick
Posted January 30, 2015 at 4:37pm

“Would you trust John Mitchell to investigate the allegations of wrongdoing in the break-in at Watergate against Richard Nixon?”  

— Sen. Ted Cruz, asking attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch during her confirmation hearing about “internal [Department of Justice] rules that require recusal” and former Attorney General John Mitchell’s fitness to investigate the Watergate break-in. Mitchell had resigned as Nixon’s attorney general on Feb. 15, 1972, more than four months before the June 17, 1972 break-in.  

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