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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

What was he smoking?

Let me get this straight: the Bush Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service impeded special prosecutor David Barrett's effort to nail Henry Cisneros on tax evasion charges?

That is the essence of the report ending a decade-long, $21 million look into Cisneros' foolish decision to pay off a mistress. The special prosecutor continued his investigation more than six years after Cisneros copped a plea to a misdemeanor.

The investigation also continued for five full years of the Bush Administration and a legal and tax hierarchy that would be presumed to be predisposed to investigating Clintonites (while ignoring the cesspool that is a Republican Congress.)

The idea that Bush appointees would spare a Clinton official is one of the most laughable ideas I have ever heard. And all it cost taxpayers was $21 million. Quite a bargain compared to the Starr report.

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