Posted by Tod Lindberg on 6th October 1997
GEE, IN ALL THE EXCITEMENT of demanding that Attorney General Janet Reno seek the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate Al Gore’s fund-raising activities — including saber-rattling about possible impeachment proceedings against Reno if she didn’t — Republicans clean forgot to demand that she seek the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate Bill Clinton’s fund-raising activities. Oops. Imagine the embarrassment when Reno, having announced she was starting the 30-day clock on a preliminary inquiry that could eventually lead to a special prosecutor for Gore, also announced she was doing the same for Clinton.
In fact, however, the embarrassment was Reno’s. For months now, Reno has been probing the limits of her authority not to seek an independent counsel in the fund- raising scandal. Now she merely looks like she has blundered into it.