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      thinking the justice department is a political organization which exists for the personal use of the President.

      The President IS the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, this is true. All powers at Justice proceed from him personally. But this is not a power like those the president has over his White House staff.

      The tradition has been for presidents to curb this power. Presidents traditionally have simply appointed their AGs, and let them loose except for those matter for which there is supreme political sensitivity. We've got to get back to this model and simply believe in the system.

      We've got to get out of this mode we've been in since the Nixon years of creating extra-judicial processes far outside the norms of governmental conduct.

      •  I was referring to how the political spin (1+ / 0-)
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        from the GOP would be, if Obama admin's DOJ were to launch a full-blown investigation of the Bush admin all by itself. I wasn't expressing my own views on the institution of the DOJ, or on specific realizations of it.

        "Like thinking the justice department is a political organization which exists for the personal use of the President."

        Wasn't it exactly how Bush used his DOJ, though? I know it shouldn't be that way, but given such history, it is hard to keep people from thinking that DOJ can indeed, in the wrong hands, become "a political organization which exists for the personal use of the President."

        "We've got to get out of this mode we've been in since the Nixon years of creating extra-judicial processes far outside the norms of governmental conduct."

        One argument is that, if Obama were to want to investigate the Bush admin,  it is politically safer for the DOJ to get into the act if and once a truth commission (or some such) exposes likely/potential criminal wrondoing first, thus providing a basis for the DOJ to prosecute.

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