Too bad impeachment was off the table

The way it should have happened


Back when the U.S. Attorney scandal was unfolding we also learned a few other things:

A long-running federal investigation has found that White House political aides to President George W. Bush engaged in widespread violations of a federal law which limits partisan political activity by government employees during the 2006 midterm elections.

A 118-page report issued Monday by the little-known Office of Special Counsel cites numerous violations of the Hatch Act by the Bush-era White House Office of Political Affairs. The report concludes that federal taxpayers footed the bill for improper activities that were intended to advance Republican political candidates.

“The entire [Office of Political Affairs] staff was enlisted in pursuit of Republican success at the polls and many OPA employees believed that effort was part of their official job duties,” the report concludes. “Based on the extent of the activities described below, OSC concludes that the political activities of OPA employees were not incidental to their official functions, and thus U.S. Treasury funds were unlawfully used to finance efforts to pursue Republican victories at the polls in 2006.”

Those efforts, according to the report, included assigning staffers to track “the amount of money raised at fundraisers held by Republican candidates and national, state and local Republican groups.”

Citing a “a systematic misuse of federal resources,” the report also points to Bush administration cabinet members who traveled to White House-targeted Congressional districts in what was called the “final push.” The inquiry found that although many of the trips were primarily political, they had been designated as official business, and the expenses were paid by the government.

Guess who headed the Office of Political Affairs? (Hint: His friends call him “Turdblossom” and he’s a BFF of Donna Brazile)

Back in 2007 when the progressive blogosphere had not yet been Obamafied it began exposing and publicizing widespread lawbreaking by the Bush Administration. But after a few dramatic hearings the Democrats in Congress let themselves be stonewalled and the issue faded from view.

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35 Responses to Too bad impeachment was off the table

  1. crawdad says:

    Who could forget this incident?

    • crawdad says:

      Wow, I googled “Enzo the Baker Ashcroft” and found this:

      Fast forward to 2007 and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ testimony before Congress. Not the time he couldn’t remember jack shit about the firings of the U. S. Attorneys, but before that when he was questioned about the Terrorist Surveillance Program. Of course he didn’t call it that, in fact he wouldn’t even admit it had a name.

      When the TSP was first disclosed by the NY Times, it was supposedly only a narrowly defined program to eavesdrop on communications between suspected terrorists. The Bush administration initially claimed the NYT’s was committing treason by revealing the mere existence of the program. Wow! What a shocker! I guess nobody ever thought we might try to intercept communications between suspected terrorists! Why, they were probably just blabbing away over the phone about their nefarious plans until the NYT’s let the cat out of the bag.

      Then former Deputy AG James Comey told Congress about a super-duper-top secret surveillance program that had been started by the Bush Administration after 9/11 (except it turns out they started it before that fateful day) He also related that in March 2004 he was asked to endorse the program while he was the Acting Attorney General during a period in which AG John Ashcroft was hospitalized. He refused to make the endorsement, but then learned that then White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card were headed to Ashcroft’s hospital room in what has been called the “Enzo the Baker” incident. Comey went to the hospital and with the assistance of FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III was able to intercept and stop Gonzales and Card.

      During his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gonzales at first tried to claim he was trying to get Ashcroft to re-approve the TSP on the night of the “Enzo the Baker” incident. Then the administration tried claiming he was there at the hospital in regards to data mining, or “other intelligence activities.”

      Whatever they were doing is so secret they won’t even call it by name, let alone describe what it is or was. And it was so outrageously controversial that it almost caused mass resignations in the Department of Justice, including Comey and Mueller. Despite what the administration claimed, it wasn’t just “data-mining” either.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    The Dems took back the House and Senate in 2006 and did nothing? :scratching head:

  3. helenk says:

    Taking impeachment off the table was just the beginning of the sellouts by the democrats.
    It is still going on. Look at the record since then, was anything done for the people of this country? What has improved since then?
    Many were blinded by the smoke and mirrors until the convention in 2008 but the real democratic party was long gone by then.
    Should nancy be charged with being an accessory after the fact? She did help with the coverups and let them walk.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

    • myiq2xu says:

      Should nancy be charged with being an accessory after the fact? She did help with the coverups and let them walk.

      Did it ever occur to you that she might have been involved up to her eyeballs BEFORE the fact?

      • Mary says:

        Yes it did. It’s WHY they didn’t do anything.

        They didn’t want to be denied the right to do the same things when they were in the majority.

        We’ve already seen that play out, haven’t we?

      • helenk says:

        Nothing would surprise me about nancy. How much power did she have before becoming speaker?

        by the way I saw this picture, does it look familiar?

        http://www.maniacworld.com/clown-nuclear-bomb.html

        WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

        PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  4. Three Wickets says:

    You know what would impress me with wikileaks. If they could hack, access and publish the substance of all communications between Karl Rove and Donna Brazile over the past decade. That would be useful and impressive.

    • ralphb says:

      That I would donate to see.

    • helenk says:

      That would be great.

    • Three Wickets says:

      I mean why is Donna Brazile even on the air. Everytime I see her I want to campaign for anyone who’s running against Obama in 2012. Maybe that’s the strategy.

      • ralphb says:

        Maybe she’s working for the GOP. She seemed like it in 2000.

        • Erica says:

          Boy, that’s for sure. Back when I thought the dems had both integrity and a spine, I could not grasp why Gore just rolled over on Florida. Now it all makes a lot more sense, and DBs habit of being in the middle of WTF moments in dem history makes me think she’s a repub operative as well.

        • ralphb says:

          Don’t know if it’s true or not but I have always heard that she was part of why Gore didn’t let Clinton campaign for him in Arkansas.

          That was the dumbest part of the whole election to me. If Gore had won Arkansas, it wouldn’t have mattered about Florida. Does anyone doubt Clinton could have delivered it for Gore? It’s a real mystery.

  5. helenk says:

    I am not sure which is the open thread.
    Off Topic

    http://ap.brainerddispatch.com/pstories/state/mn/20110124/775647855.shtml

    I am so glad someone is doing this. I never thought I would see in my country that the government would sanction molestation of its citizens.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  6. votermom says:

    Good for Jesse!

  7. helenk says:

    Another OT
    I found this at NO Quarter. I am not a lawyer or a financial person but this looks like it could be very ugly.

    http://www.pogo.org/investigations/financial-oversight/sec-ig-investigative-reports.html

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  8. All this was comon knowledge – and quite public in 2004

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