Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Durbin Gets Caught

Prof. James Turley told this story about this exchange between Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Supreme Court nominee John Roberts:

The exchange occurred during one of Roberts' informal discussions with senators last week. According to two people who attended the meeting, Roberts was asked by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) what he would do if the law required a ruling that his church considers immoral.

... Roberts appeared nonplused and, according to sources in the meeting, answered after a long pause that he would probably have to recuse himself.
There was this follow-up, however.

A spokesman for Mr. Durbin and Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, who spoke to Judge Roberts on Monday about the meeting, said Professor Turley's account of a recusal statement was inaccurate.

But in an interview last night, Professor Turley said Mr. Durbin himself had described the conversation to him on Sunday morning, including the statement about recusal.
Got that? Turley's source for his account was Durbin, and Durbin denies Turley's account.

Betsy's Page has more and asks, "Whom are we to disbelieve: Dick Durbin or Dick Durbin?"

Power Line adds a comment on the incident and quotes the comments of radio commentator and blogger Hugh Hewitt:

Who is telling the truth, Turley or Durbin? Hugh Hewitt puts his money on the law professor, not the politician, and who can blame him? Says Hugh:

I don't think Professor Turley would make up such a potentially important statement. I think Dick "you'd think I was describing Nazis" Durbin is a double-talking hack who wanted to plant a story but didn't think Turley would quote him. It is pretty clear that Durbin lied to Turley, and that is a warning to the nominee to always have a witness with him when he talks to Democrats.
Sen. Durbin is ruining whatever is left of his reputation.

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