When commenting on the Bush power play in rejecting White House compliance to the subpoenas, Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, referred to [George W. Bush]'s use of executive privilege as "unprecedented in its breadth and scope" and displayed "an appalling disregard for the right of the people to know what is going on in their government." Clearly, through this very public act of defiance, Bush makes it no secret that he is intent on keeping secrets.Let's review exactly what happened. The Bush White House found itself under the microscope of Justice Department scrutiny after allegations that staffers maliciously divulged the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame. After this administration exhausted its customary deceptive countermeasures to deflect accountability for the 2003 outing of Plame, the one man that was left standing holding a bag of guilt was I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Libby was eventually convicted of lying and obstructing justice while being investigated for conversations that he had with reporters regarding the compromised CIA operative.
The Lame Duck Tales of George W.
The lame duck is a peculiar breed of political animal. The term has been traditionally used to characterize a public official who is no longer responsive to the electorate due ...