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The Imperial Presidency - NY TIMES Editorial

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"The House Judiciary Committee did its duty yesterday, voting to cite Harriet Miers, the former White House counsel, and Joshua Bolten, the White House chief of staff, for contempt. The Bush administration has been acting lawlessly in refusing to hand over information that Congress needs to carry out its responsibility to oversee the executive branch and investigate its actions when needed. If the White House continues its obstruction, Congress should use all of the contempt powers at its disposal."


The committee really had no choice but to hold Ms. Miers in contempt. When she was subpoenaed to testify about the administrationís possibly illegal purge of nine United States attorneys, she simply refused to show up, citing executive privilege. Invoking privilege in response to particular questions might have been warranted ó the courts could have decided that later. But simply flouting a Congressional subpoena is not an option.

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One of the congressmen pointed out that there is no precedent anywhere in United States law for someone NOT TO SHOW UP when subpoenaed. Absolutely no precedent. A subpoena is a subpoena is a subpoena.

In the past when privilege is asserted--whether executive privilege or lawyer/client privilege or clergy privilege--you have to SHOW UP to the subpoena and assert it.

For Harriet and Bolten to just play hooky--and for the White House to say that's okay--is to send a message to everyone in the country that courts and judges and subpoenas and prosecutors and grand juries and the entire legal system JUST DON'T MATTER.

How dare they display that kind of contempt for Congress? How DARE they!

Abuse of office.
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Absolutely. It is pure unbridled contempt.
No good can possibly come from using this vast wasteland of error and deliberate deceit. You should get off of it and warn others away. You should make sure your children and grandchildren know what a corrupt and morally bankrupt institution it truly is.
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Oh, c'mon, be fair here. The WH said they'd allow them to testify IF it wasnt under oath and IF it wasnt made public. Just a nice little chat, over tea and scones. And that darn mean ol' Congress said no.
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