“The Bush administration is refusing to allow staff to testify on the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, citing concern for confidentiality.”
Concern for confidentiality? Uh-huh. More credible a reason would have been to say AUMF gave you the authority not to help Katrina victims.
After Katrina the President said:
“When the federal government fails to meet such an obligation, I, as President, am responsible for the problem, and for the solution.So I’ve ordered every Cabinet Secretary to participate in a comprehensive review of the government response to the hurricane. This government will learn the lessons of Hurricane Katrina. We’re going to review every action and make necessary changes, so that we are better prepared for any challenge of nature, or act of evil men, that could threaten our people.
The United States Congress also has an important oversight function to perform. Congress is preparing an investigation, and I will work with members of both parties to make sure this effort is thorough.”
But then again, that was before we found out that the robust executive powers of the president trump all. Now that we know our president is Majestic, the fact that he is stonewalling yet another vital congressional investigation is merely watercooler politics.
Next up on the agenda: pretending other hurricanes didn’t happen either.