I nearly burst out laughing when I read this Friday afternoon.
Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Friday rejected lawmakers’ demands for information as the Justice Department investigates the destruction of tapes showing CIA interrogations of two al Qaeda suspects.
In letters to the House and Senate Judiciary committees, Mukasey also said he would not appoint a special prosecutor to conduct the investigation, as some lawmakers had requested.
Mukasey said he would not turn over the material key congressional leaders are seeking because doing so might be seen as bowing to “political influence.”
“At my confirmation hearing, I testified that I would act independently, resist political pressure and ensure that politics plays no role in cases brought by the Department of Justice,” Mukasey said.
“Consistent with that testimony, the facts will be followed wherever they lead in this inquiry and the relevant law applied.”
Can’t you just see the Democrats saying: “Us? Politics? Wha … we meant that George W. Bush fella, not us. You’re supposed to get him! You don’t understand, when we said political influence we weren’t talking about us. …”