George W. Bush is in a tough spot these days.
His approval ratings are lower than Hugh Hefner's sperm count. His only chance of dodging impeachment is keeping a thoroughly corrupted Republican Congress on Capitol Hill.
But he can't be seen as helping them... Along comes William Jefferson to help him out. Since Jefferson is a corrupt Democrat, he can stop corruption investigations without looking partisan. So the White House joined in with demands from both parties' congressional leaders (Including Dennis Hastert, the target of a corruption investigation himself)to demand that all materials (Presumably including the $90,000 in cash stuffed in the freezer) be returned to Representative Jefferson.
How about that? Bush's first real attempt at being bipartisan, and he screwed it up.
There is no "separation of powers" issue. If you or I took $100,000 from an illegal source, were recorded promising illegal activity in exchange for it, and had it stuffed in Tupperware containers in the freezer, we would be sitting in a jail cell right now. No two ways about it.
And the president, of course, has never seen any form of corruption that he didn't like. As Groucho Marx sang in the movie "Duck Soup", "If anyone's caught taking draft, and I don't get my share/ I'll stand them up against the wall and pop goes the weasel!" Yes, Tony Soprano gets a cut of all the money Paulie Walnuts makes.
And this morning, news reports are coming out of DC that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller are going to resign if they are forced to turn materials back over to Jefferson.
I never thought I would find myself agreeing with the guy that called the Geneva Conventions "quaint".
But even a broken clock is right twice a day.