Bush political office overstepped limits, investigators say
January 25th, 2011
05:03 PM ET
4 years ago

Bush political office overstepped limits, investigators say

Washington (CNN) - The Bush administration used a White House political office as a "boiler room" to support Republican congressional candidates in violation of federal law, a report released Monday by an independent government watchdog agency concludes.

The findings of the report by the Office of Special Counsel echo those of a 2008 House Oversight Committee investigation, which concluded that the activities of the Office of Political Affairs during the administration of President George W. Bush represented a "gross abuse of the public trust."


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  1. Cole

    Tip of the iceburg

    January 25, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. Kman821

    How about the water-boarding? So why should this be treated any differently? It's only us commoners that are held accountable for our illegalities! Obama's Justice Department is a joke and it's now looking like he will end up being a better Republican President than Bush ever hoped to be!!

    January 25, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. JC Miller

    Roger, Here's why we "keep going back and blaming" Bush2. It's because of his groups give the military industrial complex everything at the expense of the stability of the country thinking that got us into this mess, from the Wall street meltdown to the BP oil volcano to the unnecessary war and the deceitful channeling of its funding off budget. I could go on, but don't you see that the right and the tea party continue those policies? That's why it's important.

    January 25, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. BestProfitBusiness = WAR

    ummm... DUH! You got to live under a rock or be naive not to know this!

    January 25, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. John N Florida

    Prince Karl NEVER breaks the law. They operated under the Nixon Doctrine; 'If a President orders it, it's legal!'.

    January 25, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. call me crazy

    @ roger, we should hold them accountable so it doesn't happen again. If we let it slide, it most likely will. Would you let Obama get away with it?

    January 25, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. Rodney

    "Did Bush White House break Federal laws"? TICKER's teaser headline is a little vague... which time are you referring to?

    January 25, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. rcp4961

    Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld are ALL CRIMINALS.. they should of been put in jail a long time ago,,, they all believed and still do, that they are above the law, they should be in jail, just for the 512 million we wasted in building an Embassy in the crap hole of IRAQ !

    January 25, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. coloradoDem

    Wow! Really!! OMG!!! I cant believe it!!Oh wait yea I can!!!

    January 25, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Thomas in Vancouver

    And when can we expect charges to be filed?

    January 25, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    What a dumb headline – the OSC has determined that they DID break the law... why is the link to this phrased as a question?

    January 25, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. badcyclist

    Please let us know if the Bush White House ever decided to follow the law when they didn't want to– that would be news.

    January 25, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  13. Jack

    A republican break the law??????? That can't be, can it??????? Hahahaha! Don't you guys at cnn have anything better to do than report junk that happened years ago? Politicians break the laws all the time! The laws don't apply to them...they make the laws!

    January 25, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. ron

    Bush refused to accept the rest of the worlds reality, and substituted it with his own WAY to many times, during our 8 year "dark ages". I would hope at least once he and his cronies get what they deserve. I can't count the number of times they were caught with their collective pants down, and still skated scot free! If it was anyone else we'd already be in jail ten fold, for "redefining the law" to suit our desire.

    January 25, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  15. TriB

    Wow! That took a lot of years for that "independent government watchdog group" to find out. Sad. Most of us knew it all along.

    January 25, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  16. Frank

    Its not suprising but the reality of this is nothing will be done about it.

    January 25, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  17. Ron

    Republicans are big on "law and order," for example let's prosecute all the illegal immigrants and send them back. I'm waiting to see how many Republicans speak indignantly about this situation and call for bringing charges against the Bush Administration.

    January 25, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  18. Webspy

    I find it interesting the abuse of all that the administration did, almost for a decade, merits about 2 paragraphs on the back page as it were 3 years out of office, oh yeah did u hear bush was a bit of a crook :end story!

    January 25, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  19. T'sah from Virginia

    ["...President George W. Bush represented a "gross abuse of the public trust."]

    ENUF SAID!!!!!

    Let's continue to support our current leader – President Obama – as he continues to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD in a positive direction!!!

    January 25, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. Peter

    The old patriotism, blind faith in the POTUS. The new patriotism, we will do anything to have him fail. Hypocritical ? Not if I'm a Republican.

    January 25, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
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