From last night’s Fox News All-Stars.
On Eric Holder appointing a prosecutor to investigate alleged CIA abuses:
Well, we just heard the president say that he didn’t want something like this because it would hamper our national security operations in the future – and this surely will. Who would want to be an interrogator after what has been happening now?
Look, the cases that are going to be looked at are cases that were looked at by career prosecutors — not political appointees — in the eastern district of Virginia where the CIA is and where these cases are handled.
And they looked at about 20 of these cases of people who allegedly went beyond the four corners of the law, and recommended in all cases — except one — no prosecution. The one case was brought to trial. The person was a CIA contractor who attacked a detainee with a metal flashlight, and was found guilty. His case has just been reviewed, appeals court upheld. For all the others, [the prosecutors] recommended against [prosecution].
So what happens? You have a new administration, a new wind in the White House, a president who ran against George Bush and who now decides it’s a good time to run against him again. And these interrogators are going to be relooked at by a special prosecutor, which means unlimited license.
And if you think it is going to stop there, it’s not. The great white whale here is the lawyers and the White House. These interrogators are going to say “I was just obeying orders.” You are going to go to the White House and end up where they want to end up, with Cheney, who is the great white whale of this investigation.
On the timing of the appointment:
Well, it is a hell of a coincidence, isn’t it? The administration is in a deep health-care debate, a national debate, and every hour that passes, support for [Obama's] plans are diminishing and his own popularity is tanking.
All of a sudden, this issue explodes on a Monday.
Friday, the administration — at 5 o’clock, after hours – releases a $2 trillion error in estimates of deficits, and on a bright Monday, you get this re-litigation of the Bush administration all of a sudden exploding upon us.
Look, I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I’m not a child. It’s not a coincidence.
And secondly, you get the president pretending he is against all this and that it is Holder, the attorney general, whose initiative all of this is about, as if Holder isn’t an employee and under the direction of the administration.
So, the president is the good cop who is magnanimous, who really wants to look ahead as the messianic visionary he is — and Holder is the bad guy.
Obama knows exactly what is happening and this serves his purposes wonderfully.