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" You may be less likely to pick on someone if you don't know what's in their briefcase or purse. "
" It always matters whether or not you can trust your government. "
" I'm not searching for ways to tell the District of Columbia what to do. "
" Even someone as lowly as an assistant U.S. attorney has to undergo a background check, and you're asked a series of very invasive questions, and you're expected to tell the truth and they're under penalty of perjury. And you're asked those questions so you can't be blackmailed or extorted. "
" When you go into public service, you understand you're trading something. You want to feel good about what you do, but you're not going to make what people in private sector make. "
" Honestly, I have heard a lot in my 16 years as a prosecutor. "
" If you were summoned for jury duty and you didn't show up, what would happen? You'd be in jail! "
" October of 2011, Occupy protestors descended upon McPherson Square, and they decided to stay. Despite the clear language of the law, these protestors camped at McPherson Square with the definition of camping being sleeping or preparing to sleep. "
" I do not want to stay in Washington. "
" There's no use to having the majority if you are going to be hamstrung by your perception of political vicissitudes. "
" There's several different forms of executive privilege. The one that is most absolute would be close advisers talking to the president himself. "
" If you can turn off certain categories of law, do you not also have the power to turn off all categories of law? "
" Unless your name is Jack Bauer, you cannot make people talk. "
" I don't think the president had anything to do with Fast and Furious. I'm not sure Eric Holder did, which leads to a conversation about whether he should have known about it. "
" Benghazi matters because Americans deserve to know the truth from those entrusted to lead and govern. "
" You don't get John Gotti to testify against his driver. You get the driver to testify against John Gotti. "
" I cannot and will not raise money on Benghazi. I also advise my colleagues to follow suit. "
" I listen to Gov. Romney have to apologize because he has been successful. "
" There's a reason that students don't grade their own papers. There's a reason defendants don't sentence themselves. And there's the reason the State Department doesn't get to investigate itself, determine whether or not it made errors in Benghazi. That is Congress's job. "
" What did Republicans get for 16 days of a government shutdown with people being hurt? We have absolutely nothing to show for it, other than a damaged brand. "
" I was on the campaign trail for 18 months. I never got a question about the District of Columbia in South Carolina. "
" I don't like bonuses for public services employees who do great jobs, like prosecutors or judges. "
" I believe being a good senator requires two things. Number one, acumen. Number two, interest. "
" The United States attorney in South Carolina was a Barack Obama appointee. Politically, he is to the left of Mao Zedong. "
" The reason I like the criminal justice system is there aren't Republican or Democrat victims or police officers or prosecutors. It's about respect for the rule of law! "
" There's no way we can get to the bottom of Benghazi without David Petraeus. "
" I'm unelectable in the District of Columbia. "
" Facts are neither Republican nor Democrat. "
" For 16 years I spoke in trial metaphors, and perhaps I need to get out of that habit. "
" I suspect that with men like General Petraeus, where honor means something - losing your life is secondary to losing your honor. "
" It is actually costlier to hire an immigrant. And yet the farm worker is almost invariably an immigrant. You can't pay an American to pick blueberries. "