Dems seek criminal probe of Bush 'abuses'

January 13, 2009 7:51:19 PM PST
Democrats want to find out if Bush administration officials broke the law in the name of national security. In a report, the Democratic staff of the House Judiciary Committee is asking the incoming Obama administration to launch a criminal investigation to find out.

It also calls for a Sept. 11-style commission with subpoena power to gather facts and make recommendations on preventing misuse of power.

The report covers a number of policies that Democrats have protested for some time, including interrogation of foreign detainees, warrantless wiretaps and political dismissals of U.S. attorneys.

President-elect Barack Obama has been more cautious on the issue and hasn't endorsed such a recommendation. The White House hasn't commented on the report.