He’s nothing if not inconsistent…
Ken Starr protege, and fellow cock-sniffer, U.S. District Judge Bates proves that he is Supreme Court material when it comes to ruling for Republicans.
A federal judge on Monday rebuffed congressional efforts to gather information about meetings that Vice President Dick Cheney’s energy task force held with industry executives and lobbyists as it was formulating the administration’s energy plan.
U.S. District Judge John Bates said the lawsuit filed by Comptroller General David Walker against the vice president is an unprecedented act that raises serious separation-of-powers issues between the executive and legislative branches of government.
“No court has ever before granted what the comptroller general seeks,” wrote Bates, an appointee of President Bush.
Should we be suprised? Not based on this.
The 56-year-old Bates, after less than a year on the job, is surrounded by powerful crosscurrents as he prepares to rule in Walker v. Cheney, the first-of-a-kind lawsuit brought by Congress’s General Accounting Office against the vice president.
Bates is an appointee of President Bush and has many friends in the administration, leading critics of the White House to assume that the fix is in for the Cheney lawsuit. Yet part of Bates’s background also gives the GAO reason to hope. Five years ago, he led a fight to force the disclosure of information from a stubborn White House.
But that was a Clinton White House. I guess the rules are different for candidates who actually win the election.