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Biden & Obama: Bush administrations crimes may be reviewed

The Republican convention is on right now. And Joe Biden has been charging into George Bush recently. Yesterday he suggested how Bush and co had lost the chance to unite the world and the country… leave alone the mistakes he obviously made.

But more astonishingly, Biden also suggested that if he and Obama came in, then they could go through the past 8 years of Bush in detail to see if anything criminal was done. Now, that is pretty drastic! But I guess it might be a way to set the past correct… and also appeal to the independents a bit.

Looking to the future but with one eye on the past, Biden also promised that an Obama-Biden government would go through Bush administration data with “a fine-toothed comb” and pursue criminal charges if necessary.

“If there has been a basis upon which you can pursue someone for a criminal violation,” he said, “they will be pursued, not out of vengeance, not out of retribution – out of the need to preserve the notion that no one, no one, no attorney general, no president, no one is above the law.”

And Biden is not alone. Even Obama has suggested that if he comes to power his administration will immediately review any crimes in Bush White House.

Obama said that as president he would indeed ask his new Attorney General and his deputies to “immediately review the information that’s already there” and determine if an inquiry is warranted — but he also tread carefully on the issue, in line with his reputation for seeking to bridge the partisan divide. He worried that such a probe could be spun as “a partisan witch hunt.” However, he said that equation changes if there was willful criminality, because “nobody is above the law.”

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