Scott McClellan to Obama: 'Please Don't Probe Me'
August 21, 2008
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 Ã¢â‚¬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.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“If Obama were to win,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said last week, Ã¢â‚¬Å“that would be an issue his administration would have to face early ... because heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pledging to be a uniter, not a divider Ã¢â‚¬â€ without saying those exact words we campaigned on in 2000. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pledging to change the way Washington works, and if Congress were to pursue that, it would be very divisive.Ã¢â‚¬Â
He continued: Ã¢â‚¬Å“That could be very problematic for his presidency right off the start.Ã¢â‚¬ÂSo you see, Senator -- in Republicanland, being a "uniter" means "letting Republicans get away with crimes."
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