Thursday, June 3, 2004

Lawyering Up

There’s always a scene in Law and Order where the suspect is under intense grilling by Detectives Briscoe and Green. Finally he/she demands to see a lawyer, whereupon the interrogation grinds to a halt, and the detectives go outside and tell Lt. Van Buren that the perp has “lawyered up.” It seems that Mr. Bush has invoked that right as well in the investigation of who leaked Valerie Plame’s name to Robert Novak.

That’s not a bad idea – and certainly a wise move; anything that involves the possibility of testifying before a grand jury should be done under the advice of counsel. And if the Republicans grumble about Bush having to hire a lawyer, they have only themselves to blame for forcing the precedent during the Clinton administration.

I wonder how long it will be before there’s a Bush League-al Defense Fund website. (Sorry, couldn’t resist that one.)