Joe Biden Says Obama Administration Would Pursue Bush Crimes

Should Next President Prosecute Bush Administration Crimes?


This week an ordinary citizen asked Joe Biden if the Obama Administration would "pursue violations that have been made against our Constitution by the present administration." His answer? Yes.

Speaking about the efforts of the congressional Democrats to investigate the Bush Administration, VP nominee Biden said:

What they're doing is the right thing. They're not making false accusations, they're not making unfounded accusations, they're collecting data. They're subpoenaing records. They're building the file. And they're going through it and will go through it with a fine tooth comb. If there has been a basis on which you could pursue someone for a criminal violation, they will be pursued. Not out of vengeance, not out of retribution. Out of the need to preserve the notion that no one, no one, no attorney general, no president, no one is above the law.

Obama has said that he will ask his attorney general to distinguish between "genuine crimes" and "really bad policies." He said in April: "[I]f crimes have been committed, they should be investigated. You're also right that 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."

While it shouldn't surprise anyone when leaders vow to hold criminals accountable, political allegiances are sure to make this vow unusually controversial.

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