Suuure. if a Republican had done this, it would have been the lead story
each night, every night on every main stream news show, above the fold on
the NYT, front page in Time, Newsweak, etc with headlines shouting:
'EXECUTIVE ABUSE OF POWER!? PRESIDENT LEVIES FINE, ASSESSES DAMAGES WITH NO
JUDICIAL JUDGMENT!" This story would have led, would be played by the
opposition, used in campaign ads, and would not have gone away until someone
was indicted or fired over it.
There is never a situation where having more rounds is a disadvantage
Agreed. But he does have the authority, through the Justice Department, to
charge every BP executive under 18 USC 941 with Felonious Mopery (exposing
one's naughty bits to a blind person).
In the fullness of time, the government's case may collapse, but there's
always the possibility that a home-town jury will sentence them to ten years
of making little rock out of big rocks.
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