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Friday, August 01, 2008

It’s Good To Not Be The King

Looks like the Administration can’t just tell Congress to go to hell:

President Bush’s top advisers cannot ignore subpoenas issued by Congress, a federal judge ruled on Thursday in a case that involves the firings of several United States attorneys but has much wider constitutional implications for all three branches of government.

“The executive’s current claim of absolute immunity from compelled Congressional process for senior presidential aides is without any support in the case law,” Judge John D. Bates ruled in United States District Court here.

Unless overturned on appeal, a former White House counsel, Harriet E. Miers, and the current White House chief of staff, Joshua B. Bolten, would be required to cooperate with the House Judiciary Committee, which has been investigating the controversial dismissal of the federal prosecutors in 2006.

While the ruling is the first in which a court has agreed to enforce a Congressional subpoena against the White House, Judge Bates called his 93-page decision “very limited” and emphasized that he could see the possibility of the dispute being resolved through political negotiations. The White House is almost certain to appeal the ruling.

It was the latest setback for the Bush administration, which maintains that current and former White House aides are immune from congressional subpoena. On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to recommend that Karl Rove, a former top political adviser to President Bush, be cited for contempt for ignoring a subpoena and not appearing at a hearing on political interference by the White House at the Justice Department.

Although Judge Bates did not specifically say so, his ruling, if sustained on appeal, might apply as well to Mr. Rove and his refusal to testify.

Bates is a Bush appointee, incidentally.  It must rankle when your hand-picked judges insist on enforcing the law.  There’s some great comments from Lederman here.

I’m fine with the existence of Executive Privilege.  Congress should not and does not have the authority to go on fishing expeditions into White House activities.  But at the same time, Executive Privilege is not meant to create a zone of lawlessness and unaccountability within the White House.  Congress is investigating quite specific allegations of illegal activity.

Slowly but surely, this Administration’s encroachments on the law are being rolled back.  It’s encouraging.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 08/01/08 at 12:23 PM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Bottom of the Deck
by Lee

In Hal’s race card post below he includes the following quote.

In a statement earlier Thursday, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said, “Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It’s divisive, negative, shameful and wrong.”

I knew I’d heard that phrase somewhere before, and after a couple of minutes it came to me.  It was said by Robert Shapiro, one of the lawyers who got OJ Simpson off a double murder charge.

After the trial, Shapiro’s told reporters that he viewed with disgust some of the tactics employed by the defense team. Shapiro tried to distance himself as much as possible from these tactics. Shapiro said in a long-promised interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters, “not only did we play the race card, we dealt it from the bottom of the deck.” .

So, McCain’s manager is now ripping off smear quotes from OJ Simpson’s defense team.

Posted by Lee on 08/01/08 at 12:32 AM in Election 2008  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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