Friday, October 28, 2005

Choice

They're discussing, of course, the Plame leak indictments on CNN with Joe DiGenova. Wolf Blitzer says that DiGenova "knows a lot about these investigations" since he's a former prosecutor, but doesn't mention he and his wife were both rabid anti-Clintonites. DiGenova just said, my hand to God, that Bush messed up when he nominated John Ashcroft as Attorney General. Why? Because, as a political person, Ashcroft had to recuse himself from the case. DiGenova said that was bad because Bush lost control of choosing which crimes to prosecute and which crimes to not prosecute.

So much for the rule of law.

A Hack Flashback:
Washington lawyer Joseph diGenova, a former federal prosecutor, believes there is a simple definition for the rule of law that should apply in all cases, including the impeachment of the president.

"It means that the law transcends power and might and delivers a verdict regardless of the station in life of the accused, and humbles the mighty just the way the founders of the Constitution intended," he said. "It simply means that the president is accountable in the simple and most fundamental terms that our Constitution recognizes: telling the truth in a judicial proceeding, telling the truth to the Congress and not using his vast power to ruin people's lives to continue his own."

Mr. diGenova said he doubts that White House officials who sought to "undermine the rule of law" by preventing the disclosure of information believed that their actions would lead to impeachment. "The spin machine has met the raw power of the rule of law, and the rule of law has won," he said.
-"Both sides mention the 'rule of law'; While it's a simple concept, applying it is an altogether different story." The Washington Times. December 19, 1998. (Emphasis Nitpicker's)

2 Comments:

Blogger kurzbein said...

Terry - Why would it matter whom Bush appointed to AG? The AG is still a political appointee. Did Ashcroft really have to recuse himself?

11:45 AM  
Blogger Nitpicker said...

Well, he did need to recuse himself, but because he had some information, it seemed, on this case itself.

What I think is funny is that this ass thinks the President or AG should pick and choose which crimes they think "deserve" punishment.

11:59 AM  

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