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Republicans in the House of Representatives, set to vote Thursday on a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, say the battle is about Presidential abuse of power and lying to Congress.
Of course, many of these same Republicans sat on their hands during the administration of George W. Bush when he used executive privileges to conceal information from Capitol Hill and refused to provide documents to Democrat fueled investigations into a GOP president’s abuse of power.
Such is the hypocritical nature of politics and government and that hypocrisy intensifies during an Presidential election year. Republicans used their new majority to go after Bill Clinton over Whitewater and the Monica Lewinsky affair, Democrats hounded the Bush administration for lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and now Republicans return the favor trying to nail Holder over the “Fast and Furious” gun-running debacle.
Did Obama and Holder lie to Congress about how the Justice Department bungled the gun ploy that put at least two weapons that the FBI allowed to enter Mexico illegally at the scene of the murder of an immigrations and customs agent?
Of course they did.
Did Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney lie to the Hill when they claimed they had “absolute proof” that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction?
Did Bill Clinton lie under oath about letting White House intern Monia Lewinsky lick on the First Johnson?
But few, if any, members of Congress — Democrat or Republican — can claim the high road on honesty. Lying is part of the political game they call “business as usual.”
And Congressional investigations into White House lying is just another useless political exercise that wastes taxpayer money and goes nowhere.