What are the legalities of taking an oath?
February 9, 2006 2:20 PM Subscribe
Why was Alberto Gonzales not under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee? Specific legal nuances are what I'm looking for.
posted by odinsdream to Law & Government (12 answers total)
On Monday, Attorney General Gonzales appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be questioned about the NSA wiretapping program. (Video available on c-span
Chairman Arlen Specter decided that he would not be sworn in, or given an oath.
What are the legal differences between being under oath or not in this circumstance? Why would Specter have even considered the question before coming to the hearing? Obviously, this was done for a specific reason - what is it?
I don't buy the "let's not insult Gonzales' honor" defense provided by Jeff Sessions.
buy the "it's perjury anyway" defense, if the oath didn't even exist.
* The debate over whether he would be sworn in or not begins during the Morning Session clip at 7:20, when it was announced that he wouldn't be sworn in, and continues at 12:00 when that decision is challenged by Patrick Leahy.