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House Panel Rejects Bush Privilege Claim

Posted by nytexan on July 12, 2007

Well this should be an interesting event to watch unfold. I took the highlights of the Washington Post article but if you read the whole article, the Republican are whining about Democratic political play.

Personally, I am sick and tired of the do nothing; complain about everything that is lawful GOP. Had the GOP bothered with oversight and accountability during the 108th and 109th Congress, the 110th Congress wouldn’t constantly be in hearings just trying to figure what in the hell has been going on for the past 6.5 years. Whine, bitch and complain all you want GOP, just remember the American public has had enough of the GOP BS.

A House panel took the first step today toward bringing contempt charges against former White House counsel Harriet E. Miers, further escalating the legal battle between the Bush administration and Congress over access to White House aides and documents.

Miers had been subpoenaed to appear before a House Judiciary subcommittee to testify about her role in last year’s firings of nine U.S. attorneys, but she declined to show up after President Bush instructed her not to appear.

The snub prompted a 7-5 vote by the House panel finding that Miers was out of order and that the Bush administration’s claim of executive privilege in her case was invalid.

“The White House could have prevented an escalation by engaging in reasonable negotiation,” said Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), the subcommittee’s chairwoman. “Unfortunately, Ms. Miers and the White House have chosen a path of confrontation instead of cooperation.

The procedural move amounts to the first concrete step by Democratic lawmakers to pursue contempt proceedings as part of the U.S. attorneys scandal and heightens the possibility that the constitutional dispute will end up in court.

Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the panel must pursue a contempt case or risk sending the message that witnesses can ignore its instructions. “Are congressional subpoenas to be honored or are they optional?” Conyers asked.

In the Miers’ case, the next step would require a finding of contempt by the full Judiciary committee, followed by a vote to issue a contempt citation by the full House. From there the matter would be brought to a grand jury by the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia or, if he is recused, a suitable replacement, officials said.

Miers finds herself in a more precarious legal situation than former White House political director Sara M. Taylor, who chose to respond to a similar subpoena from the Senate Judiciary Committee by appearing for testimony Wednesday while refusing to answer numerous questions.

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