Scott McClellan to Obama: 'Please Don't Probe Me'
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No, I am not kidding: Scott McClellan warns Obama that he'd better not plan ANY investigations of Bush Administration crimes:
Scott McClellan advises Obama, in an interview with my colleague Daniel Libit, not to investigate the Bush administration â€” because it would, McClellan says, damage Obama's image. (Not that former Bushies have anything at stake in that choice.)
That's a sleeper of an issue that, if Obama's elected, could blow up into a major one in unexpected ways, as some foreign governments suggest they'd arrest top Bush administration officials on torture charges.
[W]hen asked what advice he would give to a President Barack Obama or Democratic Congress on the matter of handling former Bush officials, McClellan speaks now of the perils of probing the past.
â€œIf Obama were to win,â€ he said last week, â€œthat would be an issue his administration would have to face early ... because heâ€™s pledging to be a uniter, not a divider â€” without saying those exact words we campaigned on in 2000. Heâ€™s pledging to change the way Washington works, and if Congress were to pursue that, it would be very divisive.â€
He continued: â€œThat could be very problematic for his presidency right off the start.â€
So you see, Senator -- in Republicanland, being a "uniter" means "letting Republicans get away with crimes."