Scott Brown: Joe Biden's Swipe 'Insulting'
New senator highly unamused by veep's lecture on lawyers
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2010 4:55 PM CST
Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., as Brown's wife Gail Huff looks on, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Joe Biden's suggestion yesterday that Scott Brown study up on military tribunals has the junior senator from Massachusetts livid and slamming the veep's comments as "off base" and "insulting." In the latest salvo between the White House and Brown over legal representation for suspected terrorists, he tersely points out that he has 30-plus years in the Army National Guard and knows "military rules and regulations from A to Z."

“He’s trying to give me a lesson on military law, and I didn’t think it was appropriate,” Brown tells Politico. “And I thought he was off base when it comes to explaining to the American people that somehow I need a lesson on whether people get attorneys—of course they get attorneys. There’s a difference as to what type of attorney they’re going to get and when they’re going to get that attorney, and how are they treated, and what rights do they in fact get.”