Bushies Behaving Badly – A guide to GOP scandals
Paul Wolfowitz, Federallly appointed officials in the Department of Education With Corporate Ties, Bushies in the Election Assistance Commission With Fraud, Media hacks putting out fake news for the Conservative cause, Karl Rove plus e-mail plus blister from pushing delete, Lester Crawford in the Food and Drug Administration, Bushies in NASA getting creative with science, Eavesdroppers at the National Security Agency With the Wiretaps, Alberto Gonzales in the Justice Department With the Pink Slips, Rick Renzi in Congress With the Land Deal. Some old some new and some that are still being investigated and because their are so many investigations and the Whitehouse feels that it does not have to supply documents such as e-mails or answer supeonas from Congress ( no surprise that a president that doesn’t believe that we live in a democracy with three co-equal branches of government thinks he and his staff are above the law).
Next day, crisis averted. Comey and Mueller each met one-on-one with the president and persuaded him to “do the right thing, and put the program on a footing that we could certify its legality,” Comey says. We don’t learn exactly how long the program went on operating illegally while the Justice Department made its fixes, but it was around three weeks. We really know only that the president was quite willing to forge ahead with an illegal program.
[ ]…But Comey gets one more chance to launch his main zinger: “They went ahead and reauthorized the program without my signature.” And that’s about all he needs to say. The White House went ahead and reauthorized a controversial, presidential-power-grabbing program deemed illegal by the Justice Department, after trying to extract permission from a critically sick John Ashcroft who didn’t quite know what day it was.
I’m not sure after reading the facts how Hindrocket at the right-wing Powerline blog can justify stating this, May 15, 2007- Making Sense of Comey – Posted by John at 09:37 PM
Senator Schumer made a prolonged attempt to get Comey to say that it was illegal for the administration to continue, briefly, the NSA program without DOJ certification of legality. Democrats and others on the left will undoubtedly claim that they now have proof of the program’s “illegality.” But Comey refused to go along with this theory. He pointed out that DOJ certification was not a legal requirement. Rather, the DOJ process was part of the procedure that President Bush established by executive order. Thus, it was perfectly legal for the program to continue in the brief absence of DOJ certification, pursuant to the order of that same executive. (brief absense)
What was established by executive order is irrelevant if it violated FISA law. The important part here and really a bit of a red-herring is Hindrocket’s assertion that hey they only maybe violated the law for a few weeks. Its the same as saying you only robbed banks for a few days what the big deal – everyone knows that if you want to rob banks you have to go to college first and be like Jeb or Neil Bush. Then there are the dramatic aspects of the situation which many people are pointing to. The Whitehouse, which would have included Gonzales at the time asked Comey to certify the program as legal, that is when Comey said no and Gonzales made a mad dash to Ashcroft’s sick bed. Powerline doesn’t see that as at all unusual. If that is the case some Bush dead enders really are from another planet.
The Justice Department said yesterday that it will not retract a sworn statement in 2006 by Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales that the Terrorist Surveillance Program had aroused no controversy inside the Bush administration, despite congressional testimony Tuesday that senior departmental officials nearly resigned in 2004 to protest such a program.
The department’s affirmation of Gonzales’s remarks raised fresh questions about the nature of the classified dispute, which former U.S. officials say led then-Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey and as many as eight colleagues to discuss resigning.
Testifying Tuesday on Capitol Hill, Comey declined to describe the program. He said it “was renewed on a regular basis” and required the attorney general’s signature.
He said a review by the Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel in spring 2004 had concluded the program was not legal.
Comey said he and the others were prepared to resign when the White House renewed the program after failing to get a certification of its legality — first from him and later from then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft, while Ashcroft was ill and heavily sedated at George Washington University Hospital.
Gonzales, testifying for the first time in February 2006 about the Terrorist Surveillance Program, which involved eavesdropping on phone calls between the United States and places overseas, told two congressional committees that the program had not provoked serious disagreement involving Comey or others.
“None of the reservations dealt with the program that we are talking about today,” Gonzales said then.
As many others have noticed Gonzales through his original testimony kept saying “this program” which raises the question of exactly how many programs are there that involve domestic spying – Why were FBI director Mueller and the FBI so involved in Comey’s decision
Update: Did Gonzales lie under oath, when he said Comey did not object to the NSA domestic spying program whose existence the president confirmed? Or was he in fact suggesting that Comey’s problem was with a second covert warrantless domestic spying program, one perhaps run by the FBI, such as I outline above?
The major problem with getting to the bottom of who knew what and when in every scandal related to the Whitehouse is the singular lack of integrity and forthcoming when it comes to who knew what, what was their legal justification for what they did and why does so much of the documentation that Congress requests seem to disappear or fall under the huge catch-all of executive privledge. Gonzales used to work for the Whitehouse and his while his physical place of employment has changed he still works for the Whitehouse and the Republican National Committee too, Justice Weighed Firing 1 in 4
The Justice Department considered dismissing many more U.S. attorneys than officials have previously acknowledged, with at least 26 prosecutors suggested for termination between February 2005 and December 2006, according to sources familiar with documents withheld from the public.
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales testified last week that the effort was limited to eight U.S. attorneys fired since last June, and other administration officials have said that only a few others were suggested for removal.
In fact, D. Kyle Sampson, then Gonzales’s chief of staff, considered more than two dozen U.S. attorneys for termination, according to lists compiled by him and his colleagues, the sources said.
“Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.” – Alexander Hamilton