Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Politics at Justice Department

Holder's decision to get involved may expose President Obama's Justice Department to some of the same concerns raised by Democrats during George W. Bush's presidency.

Democrats claimed then that political considerations infused decisions on subjects including environmental regulations and national security policy. In particular, Bush's OLC drew criticism when lawyers allegedly shaped their analysis on harsh interrogation tactics and warrantless eavesdropping to fit the views of superiors in the White House.
excerpt from The Washington Post

You think? The more things change, the more they stay the same. The politicization of the Justice Department continues. If at first the boss doesn't like the legal reasoning offered by his staff, have said staff rewrite the legal opinion so it conforms with own.

Why not just assign the staff to come up with a legal opinion but mandate consideration of, in writing, the counterargument?

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