Sen. Whitehouse: “If Obama Won’t Investigate Bush’s Crimes, I will”

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

President-elect Obama this week said his team was in the midst of “evaluating” Bush administration policies to see whether a criminal investigation would be worthwhile.

NPR reports that Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) says that he understands Obama’s reluctance to pursue investigations but that he may take matters into his own hands:

“I think that there’s a lot that remains to look at, and I appreciate that President Obama doesn’t want to make it his purpose as a new president, with America in real distress in many directions, to go back and look at all this, but I think we in Congress have an independent responsibility, and I fully intend to discharge that responsibility.”

In a 487-page report out today recapping Bush’s “imperial presidency,” House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) recommends that “the incoming Administration finally begin an independent criminal review of activities of the outgoing Administration.”

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7 Responses to Sen. Whitehouse: “If Obama Won’t Investigate Bush’s Crimes, I will”

  1. VicoDANIEL says:

    Let’s hope Sen. Whitehouse has more cajones than does President-elect Obama.

    Until the crimes of the last 8 years are addressed, I don’t think the soul of this nation can mend. When South Africa ended Apartheid, the government launched a truth and reconciliation panel to bring those who committed crimes against humanity to justice.

    The USA needs a similar panel.

    vicodaniel1987@yahoo.com

  2. TOM339 says:

    I like it, Daniel.

    A truth and reconciliation commission is precisely what this country needs to get back on track.

  3. Estacada says:

    My sense is, Obama needs to be liked, loved and adored. He’s a needy, high maintenance sort of chap.

    The problem with this personality type is, it renders him unlikely to rock any boats because a shit disturber winds up not being worshiped.

    If Bush Inc. is brought to justice, it will have to come at the hands of a man or woman who doesn’t care about being liked.

    That isn’t Obama.

  4. I don’t think its lack of cajones. Obama has a hundred issues he will face: the Economy, Energy Reform, War in Iraq, etc. He can’t do everything. I suppose he just wants to move on and try to fix stuff instead of point fingers. Now, I’m not saying that somebody shouldn’t look into it, but perhaps not Obama.

  5. Ypsilanti says:

    I wholeheartedly disagree, Scienceguy.

    Of course, President-elect Obama has a full plate and a large agenda. This comes with the territory and isn’t unique to no. 44.

    But to say the United States can’t walk and chew gum at the sametime makes no sense. If you recall, the business of the American people continued during the Republican-led sex crimes impeachment effort of Bill Clinton. We didn’t cease to exist as a nation and we weren’t invaded by an enemy country.

    Obama has at his disposal the authority to appoint a war crimes committee to examine the excesses of the past administration and report back to him when they are through. He can then decide what to do with the findings. Torture is illegal and the idea that the people responsible for carrying out torture would walk free just because Mr. Obama has a lot going on is, IMHO, foolish.

  6. Brigadoon says:

    Obama is busy wooing the milquetoast-conservative punditocracy like he did last night at George Will’s house. No wonder he wants to “look foward” and not prosecute the bad guys who nearly destroyed the U.S. Constitution. He has a breadstick in his mouth and a glass of red wine in his hand.

  7. Harry says:

    Ypsilanti hit the nail on the proverbial head. Obama can do more than one thing at a time. Prosecuting war crime is important.

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