This book explores the construction of detours around legal barriers during the presidency of George W. Bush, along with their adverse legal and policy effects. It considers how Bush officials, like Vice President Dick Cheney and his counsel, David Addington, sought to circumvent every legal obstacle when pursuing a political or policy agenda, whether it involves regulation of the financial markets or the fight against terrorism. It also discusses the Bush administration's efforts to mobilize federal prosecutors for partisan interests, even if their decisions should be divorced from politics. Finally, the book examines the impact of the Bush administration's legal detours on the integrity of lawyers and judges.
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