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November 13, 2008

Should The Obama Administration Investigate and Prosecute The Bush Administration?


During his reign King George used his executive powers to block Congressional requests for executive branch documents and testimony from former aides. Now that Bush will no longer rule, investigators are hoping that the Obama administration will open up Pandora’s filing cabinets and withdraw the declaration of executive privilege that Bush officials have used to keep from raising their right hands and swearing under oath.

“I intend to ensure that our outstanding subpoenas and document requests relating to the US attorneys matter are enforced,” said Representative John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “I am hopeful that progress can be made with the coming of the new administration.”

The American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights First have  and Human Rights First already have detailed reports ready for the new administration calling for criminal investigations into severe allegations of abuse of detainees at Guantanamo and other American holding prison oversees, etc.

With America and the world in the midst of a severe economic crisis, no one knows if President Obama will give his blessings to any such investigation, but we can hope. 

Since Presidents don’t have crystal balls and don’t know what kind of prickly situations they might find themselves in during their tenure, some tend not to pursue investigations into their predecessor’s acts while in office. George W. Bush used executive privilege for the first time in 2001 to stop Congressional Republicans from investigating the Clinton administration.

In April Obama told The Philadelphia Daily News that people need to discern what warranties an investigation and shouldn’t be eager to investigate just for investigations sake.  “If crimes have been committed, they should be investigated,” Obama said, but added, “I would not want my first term consumed by what was perceived on the part of Republicans as a partisan witch hunt, because I think we’ve got too many problems we’ve got to solve.”

But even if Obama himself throws-out the calls for investigations, he cannot control what the courts or Congress does.

Let’s hope that Representatives Conyers and Kucinich stay vigilant and prosecute Bush and Cheney for all their transgressions.

Also read: https://letustalk.wordpress.com/2008/06/09/drama-congressman-dennis-kucinich-calls-for-bush-impeachment/



  1. […] Should The Obama Administration Investigate and Prosecute The Bush … – Also read: https://letustalk.wordpress.com/2008/06/09/drama-congressman-dennis-kucinich-calls-for-bush-impeachment/. Posted in Barack Obama, Current Affairs, Democrats, Election 2008, Elections, Legal, News, Obama, Politics, President, … […]

    Pingback by Bush Crime Family Escapes Jail….FOR NOW | — November 13, 2008 @ 10:02 pm | Reply

  2. Whoa, Bush is only 56 years old? I was think 10 years old. I dont think he should go after the Bush administration and possibly lose the majority of support he got on election day. I do think he should go after Karl Rove, even though I’ll admit Rove isn’t as annoying as he used to be. Obama does have a major chance to fix a lot of the idiotic decisions that Bush made and its taking too long, I want Obama in office now…

    Comment by sensico — November 14, 2008 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

  3. Sensico, I agree – Obama should be in office NOW! There are too many crisis at this moment. There is no time for formalities. 🙂

    Comment by Paulette — November 14, 2008 @ 9:22 pm | Reply

  4. I had always wanted to ask all
    candidates if warrents were issued by The Haguefor War Crimes to any past or
    present administration officials,
    how would the current administration
    respond? There are already warrents
    for officials and agents in Italy and
    Rumsfeld was wisked from Germany under
    cover of darkness to avoid indictment. Personally? Can we say Spandau Ballet

    Comment by TS — November 15, 2008 @ 7:43 pm | Reply

  5. Wasn’t there some bill passed through Congress in which Bush had the Repubs inject some provision that he could not be tried for war crimes?

    I would especially like to see Rove and Cheney get some comuppance.

    Comment by Bruce — November 17, 2008 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  6. Bruce, a few of the laws that Bush’s admin passed were passed in an untimely fashion that makes them easy for the new Obama administration to overturn them.

    Cheney and Gonzales are indicted in Texas – let’s see what bag of worms this opens up. 🙂

    Comment by Paulette — November 21, 2008 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

  7. He’s 62! No justice for the crimes of this mis-administration will doom our country to more abuses in the future, making our Constitution a soiled sham.

    Comment by jeannie Jacobs — December 9, 2008 @ 1:28 pm | Reply

  8. Bush is 62. He has the mind of a greedy, arrogant child.

    Comment by jeannie — December 9, 2008 @ 1:32 pm | Reply

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