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Pelosi Promises Contempt Charge For Harriet Miers

Posted by nytexan on July 23, 2007

SF Chronicle

  • Congress this week will take the next step to force the Bush administration to hand over information about the dismissal of U.S. attorneys and the politicization of the Justice Department, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Saturday.

  • The House Judiciary Committee will bring contempt of Congress charges against the administration this week, said the San Francisco Democrat. She did not specify who the subject of the action would be, but Pelosi spokesman, Brendan Daly, said later it would be former White House counsel Harriet Miers, who defied a House Judiciary Committee subpoena to appear.

  • “They have disregarded the call of Congress for information about their politicizing the Department of Justice. We can document that. Those are actual facts and we will bring the contempt of Congress forth,” said Pelosi, who spoke with reporters at a San Francisco workshop for people who want to become U.S. citizens.

  • Congress has for months been seeking information about which administration officials were involved in the dismissals of the attorneys. The White House, however, has claimed “executive privilege” for many of those requests, meaning the executive branch is free from oversight of the legislative and judiciary branches of the government in those instances. A House judiciary subcommittee has voted to reject such reasoning.

  • Contempt of Congress is defined by federal law as action that obstructs the work of Congress, including investigations. If both the White House and Congress stick to these positions, the matter could become a constitutional question for the courts to decide.

On Impeachment of Bush 

Notice in Pelosi’s statement  she doesn’t address Cheney. I think the veep is on the table. With Cheney out of the way Bush won’t know what to do.

  • Pelosi also reiterated Saturday that she would not engage in what would perhaps be the biggest confrontation possible with the White House — seeking the impeachment of Bush over the Iraq war.

  • The speaker said she had “no hesitation” criticizing the president about his handling of the war, but said there were more important priorities for lawmakers — such as health care and creating jobs — than the divisive pursuit of impeachment.

  • “Look, it’s hard enough for us to end the war. I don’t know how we would be successful in impeaching the president,” Pelosi said.

  • She did note that calls for the president’s removal are not coming just from San Francisco.

  • “I’m not unsympathetic to the concern people have — I hear it all over the country. People here have said to me, ‘Well, people on the left want the president to be impeached.’ I hear it across the board across the country. It’s not just the left,” Pelosi said.

If Congress brings us the head of Cheney, I could very well look past Bush. For Bush will be lost without the puppet master.

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6 Responses to “Pelosi Promises Contempt Charge For Harriet Miers”

  1. Nancy Pelosi to Publish Memoir

    House speaker Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat who this year became the first woman to hold the top spot in the House of Representatives, is writing a memoir, to be released in the summer of 2008 by the Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group.

    http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid47608.asp

    Speaker Botox should title it: How I Wimped Out on Impeachment

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  3. nytexan said

    Christopher:
    I think you should be an advocate for getting Waxman in as speaker. That way Nancy will have plenty of time for her book tour.

  4. NyTexan,

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    I LOVE it. I gladly accept the job. At this point, I think Pelosi needs to focus on more GOP picnic photo-ops and of course, her book tour.

  5. ClapSo said

    I would love to see miers do some time at camp cupcake. However I’m a little tired of the dems going after the street level dealers. I wanna see em go after the kingpins like g’dubya. Alas, they have made the political decision that to beat the repubs in 2008, they need to have g’dubya to kick around…

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

  6. nytexan said

    Miers is better than nothing. Personally I would live to see her smug loyal ass in the jail.

    With the Democrats leaving Bush alone,the 2008 elections will be a fun ass kicking for the GOP.

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