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Massachusetts Liberal

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Chickens roosting, DC edition

One person's "fishing expedition" is another one's long-overdue investigation. Congressional Republicans never could tell the difference.

The subpoenas issued yesterday by the House looking for answers on the phony yellow cake, the missing e-mails -- as well the immunity grant to the former Justice Department official doesn't understand the 5th Amendment -- is most assuredly a long-overdue into the abuses, foreign and domestic of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney.

Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee 's ranking Republican, whined the subpoenas were “an effort to get high-profile administration figures under oath, before the cameras, for the sake of political theatrics.”

Funny, I'm sure he didn't think that way when Dan Burton, who previously chaired the committee, demonstrated head shots on watermelons in a farcical effort to prove Bill Clinton could have ordered a hit on his friend Vincent Foster.

The GOP Congress thought nothing of wasting $72 million in taxpayer dollars investigating Bill Clinton. The search for the "truth" came up with a lie about sex. They thought nothing, literally, about lies related to weapons of mass destruction, al Qaeda connections to Saddam Hussein or the folly of ending the search for Osama bin Laden to topple Hussein without follow-up plan.

They thought nothing about the bribery and corruption of their members that has led to jail time for several and disgrace for a few more, like the disgraceful Tom DeLay. And they thought nothing about the politics uber alles agenda of Karl Rove who believes in shouting treason in place of honest debate. The dishonor roll is lengthy.

What should be even more troubling for the "values" people at the White House is the investigation by the Office of the Special Counsel (led by a partisan Republican) into the apparent Hatch Act violations.

If you can get past the irony of Scott Bloch investigating anyone, this probe strips the White House of the "partisan politics" cover. At the very least, it is delicious irony.

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Blogger Beltway Progressive said...

Davis still won't let go of the Sandy Berger case after 5 years, a guilty plea, disinterest by even the loyal Bushies in the Justice Department, and what the record-keeper says is a return of all the records. Yet he says the case of Codi's lies is too old and insignificant? He just totes the Republican line and says Condi is too busy to explain why she lied us into an illegal war. According to Politico:

"His remarks coincide with a coordinated assault by Republicans in the House, criticizing Waxman on a range of topics because of his determination to question Rice, one leadership aide said."

April 27, 2007 10:23 AM  

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