Joe Biden: no plans to prosecute Bush | Countdown to Crawford | Los Angeles Times: "The story first broke in London's Telegraph newspaper, under the headline 'Barack Obama would consider charging Bush administration over Guantanamo.' The article described a campaign event in Deerfield, Fla., in which, according to the Telegraph, vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said:
'If there has been a basis upon which you can pursue someone for a criminal violation, they will be pursued, not out of vengeance, not out of retribution, out of the need to preserve the notion that no one, no attorney general, no president -- no one is above the law.'
Asked about the comment this morning on Fox News, Biden said it is Congress -- not a potential Obama administration -- that is investigating the White House.
And he denied today that an Obama administration would launch criminal investigations against the 43rd president of the United States.
'The Obama-Biden administration is not going to start off saying, 'God, let's go take a lot at what [happened].' The American people want to know what we're going to do, not what happened.'"
Really, Biden has been such a national joke for so many years that nobody with an ounce of common sense would pick him for VP. If you read both statements, it is beyond dispute that he first said the Obama/Biden administration would consider prosecuting (an executive branch function) Bush administration officials. Then later in the same day, he said they wouldn't. Incredible. If McCain and Palin did this it would be front page news for a week. But with the Democrats, it is like this never happened.