The body of lawyers of the Congress of Deputies is an effective, smart, and prestigious group. Some of those remaining in the House led the raising of constitutional rights in Spain when, after forty years of Franco’s rule, there were neither manuals nor almost any introductions. Always in the background, they helped to advise and draft some of the main laws of democracy.
It is not easy to be a lawyer in the Congress of Deputies. You must pass one of the toughest exams in the entire national administration. The coming of the socialist Francina Armengol to the presidency of the Lower House placed this body on the front page.
A controversial appointment
It all starts with teaching Fernando Galindo to be the senior lawyer of the Cortes and the general secretary of the Congress. Armengol broke an unwritten rule: sign him from the Executive. The lawyer requested a leave of absence to become a high official of the government of Pedro Sánchez. The revolving door took him from the Ministry of Territorial Administration to the Lower House, which, among other functions, was entrusted with the control of the Executive.
His teaching created a “stressful” environment, as recognized by the Congress of Deputies, resulting in a cascade of dismissals. The discomfort also runs through the Senate, because the senior Congressional lawyer is also the senior lawyer of the Cortes Generales, which includes two Houses.
In just three months, the body of lawyers was involved in a storm due to the amnesty law. Shortly after arriving, Galindo signed a report that gave the green light to the processing of the rule initiated by the PSOE. Two months later, another document was discovered, signed by lawyers assigned to the Justice Commission, questioning the constitutionality of the law and asking that it be “pronounced” as “constitutional reform.” A movement that “they didn’t plan” in the Galindo area, as some judges have warned.
“Fear and beware.”
The report was controversial due to its content and deadlines. PP accuses Armengol of “planned concealment” because the document was not sent to the groups before the end of the amendment period. Once again, the discreet group of lawyers became the center of attention, while casualties occurred at the addresses of lawyers from the Commissions, Internal Government, or the Secretary-General for Parliamentary Affairs.
The opposition to Galindo by the senior officials of the Chamber continued to grow. The end: the resignation of the auditor of the Cortes, Luis de la Pena, because of conflicts with the top lawyers of Congress. Among the judges of the Chamber, they ruled that it no longer exists, unlike in previous weeks, “caution” and “fear” of being demoted or not promoted. There are more and more voices opposing a “flame attempt” in the top positions of the lawyers in the House.
This is a coercive action by Francina Armengol and Fernando Galindo, which promotes lawyers working with PP administrations in intermediate positions. This week, at the suggestion of the senior lawyer, the Board appointed as the new director of the Lawyer of the Commissions Alfonso Cuencaformer Deputy Minister of Justice with Esperanza Aguirre.
From around Armengol, they replied that it was “one of the greater importance of the camera”—something that the lawyers in the House agree on because it “channels the lawyers in every committee.” Galindo’s decision to appoint Sylvia Martí, who is the General Secretary of the Madrid Assembly under the presidency of the PP,
This did not calm the atmosphere of lawyers who warned of Armengol’s intentions: “attempt to provide a pluralistic environment.”. “This is a deliberate attempt to sign as compensation,” they said, in which they believe that the chain of dismissals “failed” to try to continue to surround themselves with the same lawyers or bring in other lawyers to work. for PSOE administrations.
From the presidency of the Chamber, they defend themselves by making sure that “there are lawyers who are happy with the changes and lawyers who are not so happy,” but among the jurors, they continue to talk. a “tense” atmosphere that even most veterans can’t remember in the Lower House of Parliament.