Bush political office overstepped limits, investigators say
January 25th, 2011
05:03 PM ET
7 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. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Oh, please! Gore was campaigning FROM HIS VP OFFICE and didn't get into any trouble.

    But it's comforting to know that a full two years since Obama took office, dems still have to resort to Bush-bashing to get attention.

    January 25, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Steve in North Carolina

    Let's see, the dems are in trouble with many Americans who are upset with what they have done in the past two years and the Obama agenda is in trouble....It must be time to bash Bush again!

    It's getting to be a pavlovian response!

    January 25, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. InlandEmperor

    Impeach him! Oh that's right he's now an enornmously dreadful memory. That being the case let's impeach the candidates that benefited from these illegal activities.

    January 25, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. gerald

    If Bush wasn't such an odious villian we would not be revisiting his crimes.

    January 25, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. Marcus

    Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA
    The problem is not that if Obama, or GWB before him, or Clinton, or Bush, or Reagan..., did campaign or not for anybody in the past elections. But if he did or not went AGAINST THE LAW while doing so.
    Do you have any serious accusation, besides your usual baseless rant, that any situation that was FORBIDDEN BY LAWS was perpetrated by the POTUS or Biden or ANYbody in the current administration?
    Thought so...

    January 25, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. they call me "tater salad"

    Yes they broke numerous laws many many times........The truly sad part is NOTHING WILL BE DONE ABOUT IT!!!!!..........Just watch.......Heck......... I'd bet my last dollar on that horse!!!

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

    Did the Bush team violate the law? Of course......will any of them face justice? Not likely in this life.....GW will likely not be so cocky in the next. He and little Dick can swap stories while they bar-b-que together.

    January 25, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. SteveH

    This is a rhetorical question, right?

    January 25, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. Abe Vigoda

    Whatever...old news... just in time for the SOUA...put something out about the other party because everything that will be said tonight is a baldfaced LIE! this whole system is a joke! We get what we deserve!! What happened with wanting to support your family? Now the Govt says to let them raise your kids, pay you to not work, and support you until you're too old and really need something. NOT that the republicans think any more of the people of this country! America was asleep at the wheel... and while they slept, Congress took away our rights! Founding Fathers knew only one of them could be President at a time. So the term was for 4 years. meanwhile the others, carved out fifedoms and held power that lasted generations! That's why they didn't place term limits on Congress!! I am sad now... too f'n sad to care anymore

    January 25, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. Catie

    Seriously, are you people kidding me. There is a list a mile long of things Obama is doing that is secretive, un-transparent, and down right nefarious. At the very least placing half a dozen communists, by their own admissions and actions, in the white house without vetting. Give me a darn break. You all are so naive it is pathetic and unfortunately we are all going to pay the price if you all dont wake up soon. I pray for him every day, but I also pray if the President is planning something not in line with American values that it be revealed. Bush, that man is so nice ask anyone who knows him or has worked for him. He is such a caring boss. I hate when I hear you all bash him, when you know nothing about him. I dont bash Obama, I am concerned that his ideas are not in line with Americans ideas. If you want to be like the Netherlands fine, but I dont want to be like North Korea and lose all of my freedom

    January 25, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. Lynne

    I just love those people that are tired of going back and blaming Bush for everything and think we need to look forward...but you know darn well that if it was a democrat those same people would want them hung by their toes in front of the White House. Government officials broke the rules, we have the right to know about it regardless of when it happened...10 years ago or 10 minutes ago, Republican or Democrat.

    If you want your cake, you damn well better pay for it!

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

    I love the whole Bush family. I am praying Jeb Bush runs for President in 2016

    January 25, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. Santa Fean

    Did Cheney team break the law? Yes. Don't forget who was "in charge" on 09/11/01. Don't forget who lied us into a war resulting in death and war profiteering. Don't forget who "quit" the National Guard during a time of war. Don't forget the massive profits Halliburton made from war. Don't forget how "awol" loves TARP, big bank and Wall street bailouts! WORST "president" ever. We are reaping eight years of crime at the highest levels. Oh don't forget who "outed" an active CIA agent!

    January 25, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. mortalc01l

    Aaaaah... Bush and his repulsive, lying, criminal cronies. The American people can ALWAYS rely on the worst President in the history of America to prove yet again how corrupt, morally bankrupt and downright moronic the Bush era Republicans were.

    They created the morass of debt, the failed Banking system, the housing meltdown and general economic woes we have been left in and yet there are those who would still come to his defense.

    January 25, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. Joel Weymouth

    So some private organization that is a "watch-dog" group says that Bush broke the law. That is an opinion. I thought CNN reported hard news. I personally think everyone at CNN is an IDIOT. Report that .

    January 25, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  16. Shannon

    What law didn't he break, and when will he face any consequences for his behavior.

    January 25, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Tuco Ramirez

    of course republicans don't want to talk about it – they would be reminded of their votes for that corrupt administration – so they repeat the usual – "Nothin' to see here folks." These folks don't even have the sense to feel shame. Only Republicans are entitled to govern in their world-view.

    January 25, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. Daliz

    A president and his administration breaks the law, their actions referred to as a "gross abuse of the public trust;" and it's just a little blurb? Hmmmm, where the heck is my liberal media when we need them?

    January 25, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. max

    wheres the details?? this doesn't even say anything...blaming bush is past old, especially when there aren't any facts involved.

    January 25, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. Tim in Cal

    George Bush was led like a puppy by Dick Cheney and Karl Rove. Cheney and Rove abused power? Gee, what a surprise.

    January 25, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  21. Jay

    roger- "Don't people ever get tired of going back and blaming Bush for anything"?

    He BROKE THE LAW, for crying out loud. It wasn't Jimmy Carter's fault, or George Soros' fault, or ACORN's fault, or Michael Moore's fault, Bush broke the law. Is it really that difficult to comprehend?

    January 25, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. david arkman

    Um duh? Ya think they abused power? Really?

    January 25, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  23. Robert Fotoples

    should we even be the least bit surprised. Cheney was the brains and Bush went along, mostly because he didn't want to admit he was over his head.

    January 25, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  24. Elizabeth

    The rest of the world was stunned when we re-elected GB. They literally couldn't believe it. The irony now is that we most likely didn't re-elect him. The whole Florida vote count was a complete joke. Just goes to show that Karl Rove and Dick Cheney run the show. Amazing what lengths people will go to to win. No one likes a sore loser.

    January 25, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  25. Seattle Sue

    Some people seems shocked about this, I'm not one of those shocked. I've always thought of G.W. Bush as a crook.

    January 25, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
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