Thursday, May 25, 2006

Bush Orders The Jefferson Documents Sealed

This is the kind of thing that just baffles me:

President Bush stepped into the Justice Department's constitutional confrontation with Congress on Thursday and ordered that documents seized in an FBI raid on a congressman's office be sealed for 45 days.

The president directed that no one involved in the investigation have access to the documents under seal and that they remain in the custody of the solicitor general.

Bush's move was described as an attempt to reach a cooling off period in a heated confrontation between his administration and leaders of the House and Senate.

"This period will provide both parties more time to resolve the issues in a way that ensures that materials relevant to the ongoing criminal investigation are made available to prosecutors in a manner that respects the interests of a coequal branch of government," Bush said.

This sounds way too much like the President is just buying time for Congressional members to hide away whatever it is they don't want to be leaked out. I don't buy the excuse that it is to "get their affairs in order." More here.