Pelosi wants investigation of Bush officials, open to prosecutions
In a Sunday morning interview with Fox's Chris Wallace, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi signaled that she's open to backing prosecutions of Bush administration officials that may arise from congressional hearings.
"I think we have to learn from the past and we cannot let the politicizing of, for example, the Justice Department to go unreviewed," said Pelosi. "The past is prologue, we learn from it... I want to see the truth come forth."
The California Democrat suggested that the Bush administration's politicized Justice Department's should be further investigated for wrongdoings.
"I think you look at each item and see what is a violation of the law and do we even have a right to ignore it," Pelosi said. "We have a contempt of Congress against members of the executive branch who withheld information from us."
On January 6th, House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) unveiled a bill that would create a commission to investigate questionable policies of the Bush administration, including torture and wiretapping programs.
Named the National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties, the panel comprise "experts outside government service" who would review the Bush administration's "claims of unreviewable war powers."
Obama has not ruled out prosecution of Bush administration officals, but he recently called President Bush "a good guy."
This video is from Fox's Fox News Sunday, broadcast Jan. 18, 2009.
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