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Republicans Trying To Hide Bush Torture Crimes By Blocking Key Obama Appointments

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 6, 2009

Wonder why the Republicans are indulging in yet another bout of nonsensical-seeming hissy kabuki over Obama’s nominations of Dawn Johnsen and Harold Koh? Wonder no more — it’s all about the GOP’s desire to keep Bush and his buddies from being sent to the Hague:

Senate Republicans are now privately threatening to derail the confirmation of key Obama administration nominees for top legal positions by linking the votes to suppressing critical torture memos from the Bush era. A reliable Justice Department source advises me that Senate Republicans are planning to “go nuclear” over the nominations of Dawn Johnsen as chief of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice and Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh as State Department legal counsel if the torture documents are made public. The source says these threats are the principal reason for the Obama administration’s abrupt pullback last week from a commitment to release some of the documents. A Republican Senate source confirms the strategy. It now appears that Republicans are seeking an Obama commitment to safeguard the Bush administration’s darkest secrets in exchange for letting these nominations go forward.

Time to melt down some Capitol Hill phones, folks. And some media phones as well. The whole reason this story got leaked to the outside world is twofold: Some Republicans have consciences, and the Democrats want there to be a big public outcry against the GOP’s stonewalling so that it can’t be easily framed as mere “politics” and thus blown off by the press.

Oh, and here’s a sample (h/t DougJ) of the right-wing pushback against Eric Holder for daring to want to release the torture memos. Edward Whelan wants to keep his own butt away from The Hague as well.

6 Responses to “Republicans Trying To Hide Bush Torture Crimes By Blocking Key Obama Appointments”

  1. omen said

    did you read greenwald yet?

  2. Charles II said

    The direct links to which Omen is referring are:

    Greenwald: no excuse

    ACLU on the Bradbury and Bybee memos

    It’s absurd that we’re still talking about this. Those memos MUST come out.

  3. omen said

    yes, but i thought it was absurd that greenwald was painting this as obama & holder exploiting rightwing opposition in a secret plot not to release them.

  4. omen said

    as some type of secret plot, rather.

    i’ve been spoiled by ballonjuice’s edit option.

  5. Charles II said

    Well, why doesn’t the Administration just release the freakin’ things, Omen? Withholding them doesn’t keep anyone in the dark except the American people.

  6. omen said

    charles, as even greenwald paradoxically states:

    I don’t personally have any real objection to the Obama administration’s desire to have a few additional weeks to try to figure out how to manage these internal controversies and political storms over the memos’ release. Though frustrating, short delays of this type are tolerable, even reasonable.

    what’s wrong with having time to review and weigh the evidence?

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