It is rare for a president to comment on a pending Supreme Court case. But President George W. Bush has been doing just that in recent weeks, making several mentions of the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld case that will decide the fate of the military commissions he ordered to handle detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
“We’re waiting on our Supreme Court to act,” Bush said at a press conference Wednesday, one of several comments that indicate he is eager to follow the Court’s lead, even if it rules against his claim of broad power to deal with the detainees outside the established military and civilian court system.
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