Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told Fox News' Chris Wallace on Sunday that she's open to other Democrats' plans to conduct hearings -- and possibly prosecutions -- into the Bush administration on a variety of fronts.
"I think you look at each item and see what is a violation of the law and do we even have a right to ignore it," the California Democrat said. "And other things that are maybe time that is spent better looking to the future rather than to the past."
Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced Friday he wants to set up a commission to look into whether the Bush administration broke the law by taking the nation to war against Iraq and instituting aggressive anti-terror initiatives. The Michigan Democrat called for an "independent criminal probe into whether any laws were broken in connection with these activities."
The economy is in the tank. The Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan. Iran is likely to acquire a nuclear weapon sometime during Obama's
And the Democrats want to be seen holding hearing after hearing into whether or not interrogators were mean to terrorists at Gitmo?
And then there's this kicker:
"We cannot let the politicizing of, for example, the Justice Department to go unreviewed," she added. "I want to see the truth come forth."
She says that days after the confirmation hearing of Eric Holder to be attorney general. Holder remained purposefully ignorant of the details of the infamous Rich pardon so he could maintain plausible deniability for his "neutral, leaning toward" support of the corrupt bargain. Holder supported commutations of the sentences of 16 Puerto Rican terrorists who had not asked for the commutations and didn't express remorse for their acts. That's bad enough, but the Los Angeles Times reported two weeks ago that Holder had politicized the Justice Department in an effort to win the FALN terrorists pardons in the belief it would help Hillary Clinton's Senate bid.
New interviews and an examination of previously undisclosed documents indicate that Holder played an active role in changing the position of the Justice Department on the commutations.
Holder instructed his staff at Justice's Office of the Pardon Attorney to effectively replace the department's original report recommending against any commutations, which had been sent to the White House in 1996, with one that favored clemency for at least half the prisoners, according to these interviews and documents.
And after Pardon Attorney Roger Adams resisted, Holder's chief of staff instructed him to draft a neutral "options memo" instead, Adams said.
The options memo allowed Clinton to grant the commutations without appearing to go against the Justice Department's wishes, Adams and his predecessor, Margaret Colgate Love, said in their first public comments on the case.
That's politicization of the Justice Department to a far greater degree than anything Democrats have alleged during Bush's term. But Holder will be our next AG.
I encourage Pelosi and the Democrats to spend their time in the past. I'm sure voters will be glad that they're spending their time in the past when the present is in the tank and the future is murky.