Breaking: GOP Calls for Investigation of Previous Administration

Stalwart Clinton impeachment champion Peggy Noonan had this to say over the weekend about the potential for investigations into illegal acts committed by the Bush administration :

Some things in life need to be mysterious.  Sometimes you need to just keep walking. ... It's hard for me to look at a great nation issuing these documents and sending them out to the world and thinking, oh, much good will come of that.
Notwithstanding Noonan's protestations to the contrary, a deluge of GOP leaders have just come out with a full-throated call to open up wide-ranging investigations into the former administration's abuses of power.

... See all the quotes from these GOP leaders after the jump.  Please read the whole post ...

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The first in a series of Republican defections came from Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC):

We need to look at to make sure exactly what happened is known to the public and to deter any future president from doing like behavior, if it was wrong.  In that regard, if we can do it in a bipartisan fashion, I think that's what we should do. Every American benefits when you can control X abuse of power. If this was an abuse of power, then we need to know about it.
Republican Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott had this to say:
This is outrageous.  We should at least take a look at what happened and ask ourselves, should we take some action to try to prevent abuses that do occur?
House Government Reform Committee Chair Dan Burton (R-IN) is outraged:
Congress has an obligation to find out if this was appropriate.  [My] panel will obtain subpoenas if necessary.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani can't contain his umbrage:
It needs to be investigated.  I think it is worthy of investigation. The facts cry out for an answer to be given... Until we get the answers to this question, [the Bush torture program] is put in some jeopardy of being misunderstood by the public.
Here's Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY):
It's important to remember that [the President] is not personally exempt from federal laws that prohibit the corrupt actions of all government officials.
Finally, Senator Joe Lieberman (?-CT) piled on:
I think the important question is, is there something more Congress can do to try to express through ourselves the will of the American people about a procedure for [approving torture].  [These practices] should be examined.

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Amazing how much the debate can shift in just a few days, isn't it?

Oh, hold on a sec, I'm getting a call.

"Hi, I just wrote a blog post, what's up?  Oh, you read it?  Yeah, those quotes are amazing right?  

What?  They said them when!?  

Crap, I gotta call you back..."

... Sorry folks, it turns out that the seemingly right-minded GOP quotes I posted above were made during the Republicans' rabid campaign to launch investigations into President Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich back in 2001.  

My bad.

Tags: Congress, George W. Bush, hypocrites, Politics, Quotes, Republicans, torture, war crimes (all tags)



Looks like Joementum

was even laying down his Bi-partisan bon--fides then....

Never liked that guy.

by WashStateBlue 2009-04-24 06:18PM | 0 recs
Even then?

William F. Buckley campaigned for him in 1988 against the liberal Republican Lowell Weicker.  He's always been the Republican's Democrat.

by sneakers563 2009-04-26 11:24AM | 0 recs


3. Politician

by tpeichel 2009-04-24 06:42PM | 0 recs
Re: Hypocrite

Next time I want someone to toss out a cliche that adds nothing to the conversation I'll know where to go.

by Jess81 2009-04-24 09:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Hypocrite

My apologies, next time I'll try to be as insightful as you.

by tpeichel 2009-04-25 09:00AM | 0 recs
great work.

by canadian gal 2009-04-24 08:37PM | 0 recs
Re: great work.


by campaignmonitor 2009-04-25 05:25AM | 0 recs
Investigation of Previous Administration

Nicely done.

by Jess81 2009-04-24 09:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Investigation of Previous Administration

:) it was fun to write :)

by campaignmonitor 2009-04-25 05:25AM | 0 recs
Fox investigating missing chickens

in henhouse..  

Kind of like those "Blue Ribbon Commissions"  (nudge nudge wink)

by architek 2009-04-25 06:29AM | 0 recs

You honestly had me with this one.  I was sittin' here thinking..."no kidding? when did this happen?"

by freedom78 2009-04-25 09:18AM | 0 recs
Nicely done.

Now here's Matt Lewis of AOL's Political Machine blog engaging in flights of fancy.

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced today that charges could be filed against numerous Obama Administration officials as a result of last year's terror attack in Los Angeles. In announcing the indictments, Attorney General John Cornyn said that top officials showed "gross and purposeful negligence" by releasing perpetrators of the attacks from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and demanding that interrogation tactics be softened against chief planner Mehmet al-Meshugeneh, who had already revealed that a major attack was being planned against a major U.S. sporting event.

"By purposefully disregarding crucial intelligence, and in releasing known participants in the plot into Saudi custody, numerous government officials took action which made the Staples Center bombing possible," Cornyn said. He went on to note that, "numerous individuals in the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security knowingly pursued policies which would endanger the lives of Americans. They placed their political priorities above the safety of the citizens of this country, and thousands of innocent people died as a result. These people must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

At the White House, Press Secretary Adam Brickley said that President Sarah Palin stands firmly behind the decision. "It's not as if we relish the thought of prosecuting members of the previous administration," Brickley said, "but, at this point, there is a clearly established precedent - set in place by the Obama Administration themselves - which says that government officials must be held accountable if they contributed in any way to major breaches of the law. In this case, the individuals under investigation do appear to have purposefully allowed these terrorists to continue their actions - prioritizing international public opinion over the lives of the American people. So, while this may be a politically charged issue, there is a real need to prosecute."

Ironically, it appears that the highest ranking official who could face prosecution is former Attorney General Eric Holder, who personally dropped the state's case against Mr. al-Meshugeneh after declaring his capture in Afghanistan illegal. Al-Meshugeneh later admitted that, at the time of his release, he had already told the government of his role in planning the attack which killed almost 10,000 people, including the entire Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks basketball squads. Holder was also the primary force in prosecuting Bush Administration officials who issued legal opinions supporting waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics. As such, it appears that he actually set the precedent under which he may now be prosecuted himself.

Public opinion polls show 62 percent of Americans support prosecution of at least some Obama Administration officials.

Who are these idiots?

by Charles Lemos 2009-04-25 08:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Nicely done.

Heh, sheesh, if we wanted to set the precedent that negligence was a prosecutable offense, the Katrina indictments would have already been issued...

by Steve M 2009-04-26 05:54AM | 0 recs
Hypocritic Oath.

Republican lawmakers (and Lieberman) live by it.

by GFORD 2009-04-26 11:14AM | 0 recs


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