Topic: Couldn't be so...
Something is up. Or maybe not. Or maybe so.
Federal prosecutors interviewed George Bush today at the Oval office concerning the leak of CIA Agent Valerie Plame's identity, which is the subject of a grand jury investigation. (Associated Press report here...) The questioning lasted seventy minutes and was done by chief prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. Bush's personal lawyer, Jim Sharp, whom he retained for the occasion, was present.
The president didn't use Alberto Gonzalez, White House counsel, in the interview. He didn't use Ted Olson, the US Solicitor General, the guy who argues for the government. He hired a private attorney for this.
What could that mean?
Semisolid nitrogenous waste matter seems to be hitting the fan. Reminds one of the old days with Nixon.
Now an independent counsel has to talk with Bush, and in response Bush brings in his own outside attorney - just to be safe.
Ah, I may be reading too much into this.
But then also there was an announcement in Washington today that Ted Olson, the US Solicitor General, the guy who argues the government's official positions, is resigning. He's leaving in July. Olson lost his wife on 9/11 as she was on the 757 that slammed into the Pentagon. He dutifully argued last month before the Supreme Court that the president had the absolute right to name anyone, citizen or not, an "enemy combatant" - and then hold that person without any charges and without access to counsel, without any communication to anyone, in secret, for as long as the president decides is long enough, or forever if the president decides so. Olson argued in the parallel case that anyone we held at Guant?namo has no rights under any of our laws or any international treaties to which we are a party (like the Geneva Conventions) - the matter was outside the United States and no US laws or treaty obligations applied at all. He argued last year in the University of Michigan affirmative action case that no state-funded university had the right to set up special programs to attract minority students - as that's picking on the white folk.
Heck, Olson was the guy who successfully represented Bush in the Supreme Court case in 2000 that halted ballot counting in Florida and confirmed Bush's "election" over Gore. In his confirmation hearings the Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked on Olson's nomination, 9-9, with Democrats saying he hadn't "been candid" about his involvement all those efforts to dig up damaging material on President Bill Clinton. The floor resolved that.
He's Bush guy. He's walking. Why?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Something is up. Even Dick Cheney is losing it. Yesterday when lining up for the annual group photograph of the Senate - the Vice President is also de jure President of the Senate - Cheney lost his temper and said a nasty word. Really.
As CNN reports it -
It seems Cheney shouted "F**K YOU!" at Leahy. (No, the missing letters do NOT mean the word here is "firetruck.")
Damn. What next?
Here's a good question someone asked me about this - If this is somehow on tape, and if Howard Stern played it on his radio show - who would the FCC fine? Cheney or Stern?
Inquiring minds want to know.
All in all one senses things disintegrating - entropy and chaos theory at work in the halls of power.