Thursday, February 07, 2002

I thought Bush's policy on Executive Privilege was simple and straightforward: stuff that makes the administration look good gets maximum publicity, and stuff that makes the administration look bad is covered by executive privilege.

It turns out there's another exception: stuff that makes Clinton look bad.

For instance, last summer, the Bush White House declassified and released carefully edited transcripts of private conversations between Clinton and Barak concerning Mark Rich. But when Clinton's former counsel sought to have the entire conversation about Rich placed on the public record, the Dubya drones declined that request: the stuff that might make Clinton look good is still classified.

(This is Talking Points' Joshua Marshall, writing a rare not-for-fee article in Salon).


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