Why Bush & Co. Will Never See The Inside Of A Prison Cell
Many have pointed out the acts of President George W. Bush and his cabal as being "criminal." Take, for example, the words of Keith Olbermann:
It is a fact startling in its cynical simplicity and it requires cynical and simple words to be properly expressed: The presidency of George W. Bush has now devolved into a criminal conspiracy to cover the ass of George W. Bush.
Now if that's what this is all about, you tortured not because you're so stupid you think torture produces confession but you tortured because you're smart enough to know it produces really authentic-sounding fiction - well, then, you're going to need all the lawyers you can find … because that crime wouldn't just mean impeachment, would it?
That crime would mean George W. Bush is going to prison.
I so admire the glibness of Mr. Olbermann, the sharpness of his language and most of all, his passion.
However, under Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, President George W. Bush, and all those he chooses to include in pardons, will never be prosecuted for crimes committed against the United States absent impeachment.
Take the following two phrases from our Constitution together:
Article II, Section 2, paragraph 1:
…and he [The President] shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
Article I, Section 3, paragraph 6:
Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than removal from office, and disqualification to hold an enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.
Absent a "Case of Impeachment," our dear ruler may simply sign a Pardon under Article II for all those who may have committed any criminal act or acts against the United States. Were he to do that (if he hasn't already, on a rolling basis), the only way to reach Bush and his cronies is through the Congress - a Congress that lacks any spine whatsoever.
So, I'm not holding my breath. Nor does the Bush Administration fear the prison they so justly deserve.
The only possible way that Bush & Co. will ever face the criminal justice system that Keith Olbermann and many among us so desperately wish they would, is if Congress Impeaches and Convicts.