"Our forefathers understood that 'trust me' was not good enough for protecting civil liberties,'' Bruce Fein, an associate deputy attorney general under Republican former President Ronald Reagan, told the Democrats' ad hoc meeting.And of course, Rove is on full tilt spin mode lambasting people in a very political game I call, "slandering by suspicion:" Simply mentioning that some particular stripe of individual may have committed some atrocity and hope that it sticks for the whole batch. This is a lot like the early days of our country when those white men in power suggested women and blacks weren't smart enough to vote. Rove is using his racist training to paint all dems as evil. We would all do well to hold his feet to the fire and not let him get away with it.
Fein said he believes Bush broke the law in ordering the domestic activity by the National Security Agency. He also said that because the war on terrorism is open-ended, Bush's assertion of special powers would amount to a long-term loss of civil liberties.
Asked if Bush's actions constitute the high crimes and misdemeanors sufficient for impeaching him, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said he felt they did. "If you believe the president violated criminal provisions of the law, I don't see how it wouldn't qualify. ... If the president commits a criminal act, you are obligated to hold impeachment hearings,'' Turley said.
The issue of ethics was left to Ken Mehlman, chairman of the Republican National Committee. Mehlman condemned Republicans implicated in any scandals, though he sought -- as part of a Republican strategy this week -- to place some blame on Democrats for the investigations swirling around Congress. "
Public service is a sacred trust -- and we cannot allow it to be sullied by anyone, Republican or Democrat," he said. "As Republican chairman, I am proud of my party and loyal to our members. But if Republicans are guilty of illegal or inappropriate behavior, they should pay the price and suffer the consequences."
Democrats were quick to respond, with Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean challenging Rove's fitness to serve. "Karl Rove only has a White House job and a security clearance because President Bush has refused to keep his promise to fire anyone involved in revealing the identity of an undercover CIA operative," Dean said in a statement.