PART OF THE PROBLEM: TIERNEY’S LEGAL STANDARDS VARY DEPENDING ON PARTY AFFILIATION
THEN AND NOW: TIERNEY ON EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE
(below: John Tierney, April 11, 2002)
(Lynnfield, MA) — Yesterday’s Government Oversight Committee’s contempt vote regarding the Department of Justice’s refusal to be transparent with internal documents relating to ATF’s “Fast and Furious” debacle provides further insight into the extreme partisanship of Congressman John Tierney. John Tierney defended the refusal of DOJ’s intransigence yesterday, but had applied a far different standard against the Bush Administration in 2002.
“This is what’s wrong with Washington. John Tierney, like too many members of both parties, uses serious legal issues for partisan political gain,” said Richard Tisei. “These are not laughing matters, particularly when a federal agent died as a result of this blunder. If it were George Bush’s DOJ stonewalling, I would demand accountability. I would also demand it today. John Tierney very clearly only demands it when his party isn’t involved. That is disingenuous and very clearly wrong.”
“What we should have learned from the 70′s was that sunshine is the best disinfectant – especially in government,” said Tisei. “While I share John Tierney’s concern for the Terry family, which lost a husband and father, I disagree with him on how to get to the bottom of the mis-truths that have come from DOJ in this horrible situation. Cover-ups are unnecessary and unbecoming in this day and age. They’re also wrong.”
John Tierney was clearly not up to date on DOJ’s recent retraction of Attorney General Eric Holder’s now withdrawn statement that Bush AG Michael Mukasey had similarly been aware of a Fast and Furious-style ATF program and had, similarly, invoked executive privilege.
“I admire the way that Sen. Joe Lieberman always applies the same high ethical standards, no matter which party is in power. Our Congressman should aspire to be so independent – and I promise to be that Congressman,” said Tisei.
Tierney clearly employed “political theater” against the previous Administration, but decried it in the current situation with DOJ.
THEN AND NOW:
TIERNEY on April 11, 2002:
Transcript from a hearing on Bush’s Executive order 13233 and the Presidential Records Act. https://house.resource.org/107/org.c-span.169565-1.raw.txt
“We have got a serious problem with this Administration, as I think you have heard from a number of people on both sides of the aisle, with this proclivity toward secrecy, toward keeping things under wraps, toward not sharing with the American public or even Congress information and documents that ought to be made available and that would be very useful for the democratic process if they were made available.”
See video: 12:45, after Rep. Maloney speaks http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/169565-1
TIERNEY on June 20, 2012:
Watch the video from C-Span: http://www.c-spanarchives.org/program/HolderM
“It’s painful to sit here and watch it turn into a partisan political theater.”