No Comment…Except to Tamper with the Jury Pool
Okay, now I’m pissed. For months and months, we’ve had to deal with the stonewalling from McClellan, the Preznit and everyone at the WH that they can’t comment on anything regarding the Traitorgate case because it is an ongoing criminal matter.
I don’t like it, because I think they are all using this as an excuse to cover each other’s asses instead of respecting the law — but since I do respect the law, and I understand the importance of not tainting an investigation nor tampering with a jury pool for the indicted Scooter Libby, I’m accepting the excuse at face value. The Preznit is, after all, the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.
But today, I read this in the WaPo:
President Bush said yesterday he is confident that former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) is innocent of money-laundering charges, as he offered strong support for several top Republicans who have been battered by investigations or by rumors of fading clout inside the White House.
Um, hello??!?? The President of the United States and former Governor of the State of Texas says he thinks that Tom Delay is innocent to a national news outlet after a presiding judge has just ruled that the charge stands as proper to be tried by a jury of Delay’s peers. Did he or his staff even stop to think about the consequences of this public display of affection for Delay? Has anyone explained to the Preznit the meaning of the words "jury tampering?"
I mean, it is one thing for me, a private citizen, to gripe about this or that thing. But the President of the freaking United States? That’s a whole other mess entirely.
If the press doesn’t collectively rise up in today’s briefing and demand answers from Scott McClellan, then there is no hope at all for public accountability. The level of disrespect shown to the court system by this Administration and their cronies in Congress has been astonishing on so many levels — remember Congressional comments on how judges should be treated when the Schiavo ruling came down? — but for the Preznit to interject his opinion into a case that is set to go to trial in the next few months is an enormous breach of separation of powers, and he absolutely must be called to account for it. Man, I am royally pissed this morning.