Monday, October 24, 2005

Hypocrite of the Day - Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-TX

Yesterday, on Meet the Press:

"HUTCHINSON: I certainly hope that if there is going to be an indictment . . . that it is an indictment on a crime and not some perjury technicality where they couldn't indict on the crime and so they go to something just to show that their two years of investigation was not a waste of time and taxpayer dollars. . . .
"MR. RUSSERT: But the fact is perjury or obstruction of justice is a very serious crime and Republicans certainly thought so when charges were placed against Bill Clinton before the United States Senate. Senator Hutchison.
"SEN. HUTCHISON: Well, there were charges against Bill Clinton besides perjury and obstruction of justice. And I'm not saying that those are not crimes. . . . I think that it is important, of course, that we have a perjury and an obstruction of justice crime, but I also think we are seeing grand juries and U.S. attorneys and district attorneys that go for technicalities, sort of a gotcha mentality in this country."

In 1999, after voting guilty on the Articles of Impeachment against President Clinton:

"If only the President had followed the simple, high moral principle handed to us by our Nation's first leader as a child and had said early in this episode 'I cannot tell a lie,' we would not be here today."

So, which is it, Senator? A techincality? Or a criminal act, deserving of prosecution?

Also, as Dan Froomkin of the WaPo points out in today's column, there were only two charges against Clinton - perjury and obstruction of justice. There were no others, Senator.

She needs to brush up on here history. Or perhaps it's just that the White House needs to work on the accuracy of their talking points.


Blogger LargeBill said...

There can be differences between intentional perjury to affect the outcome of an investigation and incidental perjury in the form of an incorrect statement. Ask anyone involved in law enforcement and they will tell you that they could charge "making a false statement" during every investigation. A trained investigator learns to differentiate between false statements which are intentional and those that are not. If I testified that I had chili for supper last night when I actually ate chili the night before technically I lied but if it was not germaine to the matter at hand it would be ignored.

Either way Sen. Hutchinson should not have called perjury a technicality. She should have given more thought to her answer.

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