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definition of conflict of interest?

Let’s get this straight:

So who is “right”? A conundrum, no doubt. So: who do you ask to rule on the issue?

Why not ask the very Department whose leadership is under investigation for wrongdoing…

In a broadly worded legal opinion, the Justice Department has concluded that President Bush’s former top lawyer, and possibly other senior White House officials, can ignore subpoenas from Congress to testify about the firings of U.S. attorneys.


Or would that be a conflict of interest?