The GOP should be carefully studying what the Democrats do wrt “investigating” officials from the previous administration.
The Weekly Standard
The LA Times reports on the plans for an investigation by Senate Democrats into the CIA under the Bush administration.
Does anyone doubt that this will be a total sham? It will allow the Senate Democrats to “investigate” the evidence they want to look at without considering the national security ramifications. Without having to make a judgment on whether or not the officials broke the law, the Senate Democrats avoid all of the sticky issues concerning whether or not questionable, but not necessarily unlawful, actions were necessary to protect the country. It allows them to cherry-pick the story, present it in a light that is most favorable to them, feeds the base, and keeps alive a “Blame America/Bush/Republicans” storyline indefinitely.
Except for expressing loyalty, the GOP gains nothing out of preventing white house officials from being “investigated,” charged, and so on. However, the GOP can begin laying the groundwork for investigating, charing, and perhaps imprisoning Obama era officials whose work is unpopular (right now, the Treasury Department from Geithner on down).
Of course, this would be anti-democratic, but that does not stop the Democrats. I’m not endorsing such plans, but they should be considered.