Schumer signals support for prosecution of Bush officials

By David Edwards
Sunday, January 25, 2009 10:12 EDT
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Sen. Charles Schumer told Fox’s Chris Wallace that he could support limited prosecution for Bush officials that participated in torture or broke other laws.

Partial transcript

WALLACE: Let’s turn, if we can, to foreign policy. We were talking with John McCain about this question about investigating what went on the last eight years. Speaker Pelosi told me last week that Congress doesn’t have the right to ignore what went on the last eight years, if there was law breaking. As we said, the Attorney General designate is leaving that possibility open. You heard John McCain just say that’s the worst we could do, try to look back at the past eight years and try to second-guess what a bunch of people in the intelligence field did. What’s your feeling on this issue?

SCHUMER: My feeling is generally that of president Obama — that we should be looking forward, not backward. How do we correct the mistakes of the past and how do we keep ourselves secure and preserve vital liberty. If there are egregious cases, I don’t think you can say, blanket, no prosecutions. If there are egregious cases, yes, you have to look at them. But overall, the tone of Barack Obama and Attorney General Holder — I’ve spoken to him privately on this as well as what he said at the hearing — is not to spend too much of our time, a lot of our time looking backward and pointing fingers. It’s rather going forward and making the policy better in the future.

This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast Jan. 25, 2009.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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