Sunday, October 23, 2005

Perjury is Just a Technicality

I love Republicans. They reinforce to anyone paying attention that a Culture of Corruption is indeed the Republican business model. Case in point, today on MTP, Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson reminded us all that the GOP doesn't see lying to a grand jury as anything more than a technicality:
I certainly hope that if there is going to be an indictment that says something happened, that it is an indictment on a crime and not some perjury technicality where they couldn’t indict on the crime so they go to something just to show that their two years of investigation were not a waste of time and dollars.

If perjury is not a crime, then why is it against the law according to the good Senator:
Sen. Hutchinson in 1999 on perjury:
Willful, corrupt, and false sworn testimony before a Federal grand jury is a separate and distinct crime under applicable law and is material and perjurious if it is `capable' of influencing the grand jury in any matter before it, including any collateral matters that it may consider. See, Title 18, Section 1623, U.S. Code, and Federal court cases interpreting that Section...

If perjury is just a technicality, why did she think it was worth impeaching a president for?
Sen. Hutchinson in 1999 on perjury:
The President's testimony before the Federal grand jury was fully capable of influencing the grand jury's investigation and was clearly perjurious.

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`Admit the sex, but never the lies.' Shift the blame; change the subject. Blame it on the plaintiff in the Arkansas case. Blame it on her lawyers. Blame it on the Independent Counsel. Blame it on partisanship. Blame it on the majority members of the House Judiciary Committee. Blame it on the process.

So I wonder when we will see the GOP start to blame any indictments for perjury or obstruction of justice on the lawyers, the Independent Counsel, Democrats, Liberals or the Tooth Fairy.

I wonder what Bush and other Republican leaders have had to say about presidents caught lying to the American people or a grand jury:
ROUND ROCK, Texas - Texas Gov. George W. Bush, cranking up his still-unofficial run for the White House, said on Tuesday he would have voted to impeach President Clinton for lying about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

In response to a reporter's question, Bush said he supported impeachment for a simple reason: "The man lied."

To quote Republican Senator, and Mr. "youthful indiscretion" himself, Rep. Henry Hyde:
Lying under oath is an abuse of freedom. Obstruction of justice is a degradation of law. There are people in prison for such offenses.

Republicans impeached Clinton for committing perjury about a extramarital affair. A blue dress was stained and his reputation and marriage injured.

Bush et. al. lied about WMD. They then tried to cover up their lies and push the country into war with Iraq by smearing Wilson and outing his wife, an under-cover agent assigned to WMD. They did this during a time a war. Tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children, included 2,100+ American service men and women, have been killed to date because of their lies.

I wonder if the Republicans will flip-flop and see perjury as a technicality this time now that a Republican White House faces the charge.