[From the diaries by susanhu. A sound project for us to take on.] I believe there is a constitutional aspect of the Brown fiasco which has been overlooked, which is that the Senate’s advise and consent faculty cannot operate when they are given false information about nominees.
I think this could rise to the level of an impeachable offense, IF there is a demonstrable pattern of the White House nominating people with false statements in their resumes.
Connected with this observation is a large project which I believe should be undertaken ASAP. …
The Brown nomination, on top of the Kerik nomination, show that the White House either doesn’t vet people thoroughly at ALL, or it colludes in lying to the Senate about nominees.
What I suggest is that people take screen shots of the official biographies of top Bush nominees ASAP, because these may be changed, if the White House is made nervous by the Brown fiasco.
Here are some places to look:
- WH nominations
- Google “White House Personnel Announcement” and you’ll get long list of the announcements (which come with description of background of nominee [this was a suggestion of “demmefatale” at Kos).
- usemb.se. It’s also possible that older versions of bios may be at our overseas embassies; perhaps one can find discrepancies.
Last thought: Maybe this diary should be “Double super-secret” background.. but I don’t know how to do that. Oh well.
Here are the steps as I see them:
Get a list of nominees to check: There will probably be about 200 names we want to look at.
Take screen shots of the official biographies, and also look for online resumes. Once this project gets going, assuming there is interest, we should probably collect that information at a separate place.