At a campaign event in Deerfield Beach, Florida earlier this week, Senator Joe Biden was asked whether he would pursue criminal violations against the Bush administration.
"I'd like to know if you guys are gonna pursue the violations that have been made against our constitution by the present administration and restore the constitution to its rightful place in our society?" an audience member asked the Delaware Senator.
Biden answered in the affirmative.
"Yes!.... We will not be stopped from pursuing any criminal offense that's occurred." Biden said. "And we'll go through it with a fine tooth comb. If there has been a basis upon which you can pursue someone for a criminal violation, they will be pursued..."
Obama sounded a similar note in April, vowing that if elected, he would ask his attorney general to initiate a prompt review of Bush-era actions to distinguish between possible "genuine crimes" and "really bad policies".
"[I]f crimes have been committed, they should be investigated," Obama told the Philadelphia Daily News.
When asked about his comments by Fox news today, Biden said he has no evidence that criminal charges would be warranted and no intention of pursuing action against the current president.
"What is true is the United States Congress is trying to preserve records on questions that relate to whether or not the law has been violated by anyone...," Biden said, "But I have no evidence of any of that. No one's talking about pursuing President Bush criminally."
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"Yes!.... We will not be stopped from pursuing any criminal offense that's occurred... We'll go through it with a fine tooth comb."
"No one's talking about pursuing President Bush criminally."