Remember Dick Nixon's Bag of Dirty Tricks? Well, seems that he wasn't alone (then again, who ever said he was?). Tony Snow, back from colon cancer surgery, has a story of how three senators are angling to cover up some Clintonian shenanigans:
Senators Byron Dorgan, John Kerry and Richard Durbin pulled a fast one last week on their congressional colleagues. They tried to bury forever documents alleging that senior government officials tried to transform portions of the IRS and the Justice Department into a goon squad for attacking political enemies and aiding political friends.
Dorgan’s bill would shut down the 10-year probe conducted by Independent Counsel David Barrett’s investigation, but it would add something unprecedented in the case of special or independent counsels: it would prevent the publication of the counsel’s report on the case. A decade’s worth of investigations — sworn testimony, documentation of alleged abuses, grand-jury proceedings, etc. — would vanish without a trace.
In this instance, that would mean burying charges that key officials in the Justice Department and the IRS abused their power by going easy on [former HUD Secretary Henry] Cisneros and targeting political opponents of Bill Clinton. Those charges — not the Cisneros case — have served as the focal point of Barrett’s investigation for the last several years.
Shock of all shocks, Democrats and Republicans abusing governmental power and trying to cover it up. Who'd a thunk it?
Hat tip to Maggie. And welcome back, Tony. We missed you.