When a Supreme Court justice retires, President Bartlet has a golden opportunity to impact the court's composition by nominating a favorite judge but when further study reveals the candidate's conflicting ideology, the President might change his mind and opt for another judge. In addition, a headline seeking congressman on the House Government Oversight Committee accuses the White House staff of substance abuse -- a dicey issue for one important member. Written by
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During Congressman Lillienfield's press conference, he mentions some names of former White House staffers. One name included was Rumsfeld, who had staffed for Presidents Nixon and Ford prior to this episode. He was later named to the cabinet, again, under President George W. Bush. See more
While grilling Judge Harrison in the Oval Office, Sam points out the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments all contain points of privacy in the Bill of Rights. Judge Harrison states that because the framers of the Constitution picked those specific points, they had no intention of including privacy as a right. Everyone seems to have forgotten the Ninth Amendment, which reads: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." See more
Set fire to the room. Do it now.
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West Wing Main Title
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony See more