You Go, Senator Leahy
Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy and White House Chief Counsel Greg Craig discussed on Tuesday the Senator's proposal to set up a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate potential crimes of the Bush administration.
Leahy added an important note to the story in an interview he gave the Huffington Post: Congress will likely proceed with investigations regardless of whether Obama is on board.
"Oh yeah," Leahy said when asked if he would go forward without Obama's endorsement. "I think the Senate and the Congress as a whole has an oversight responsibility that has to be carried out here anyway. Now it is much easier with the cooperation of the administration. A lot of things with the subpoenas I issued the past few years, we got a lot of information but a lot of it was held back."
What we may forget after years of Bush trampling the Constitution is that the Legislative branch can and should operate independently of the Executive branch of the Federal Government.
No need for Obama to dirty his hands in the blood, guts and scum Bush and his cronies created. The Justice Department is completely capable of investigating the Bush war crimes and the lies they told, and it looks like Sen. Leahy is more than willing to lend them support from the Senate.
Bush left in his wake a financial crisis, two wars and America's international reputation in tatters. Still, time should and must be made to bring the Bush criminals to justice.
And you have to wonder, would Leahy be as willing to lead the charge had Dick Cheney not told him to go fuck himself on the Senate Floor in 2004?