Jun 28, 2007

White House refuses to answer subpoenas

Update: Dems push White House on executive privilege

10-day deadline given along with vow to invoke 'full force of law'

In a letter to White House counsel Fred Fielding, the heads of the Judiciary committees demanded an explanation in 10 days of why the White House claimed executive privilege on subpoenaed documents and vowed to invoke "the full force of law."

Constitutional showdown possible over firing of federal prosecutors

WASHINGTON - President Bush, moving toward a constitutional showdown with Congress, asserted executive privilege Thursday and rejected lawmakers' demands for documents that could shed light on the firings of federal prosecutors.

"Executive privilege is an extraordinary assertion of power 'not to be lightly invoked.' United States v. Reynolds, 345 U.S. 1, 7 (1953). Once executive privilege is asserted, coequal branches of the Government are set on a collision course. The Judiciary is forced into the difficult task of balancing the need for information in a judicial proceeding and the Executive’s Article II prerogatives. This inquiry places courts in the awkward position of evaluating the Executive’s claims of confidentiality and autonomy, and pushes to the fore difficult questions of separation of powers and checks and balances. These 'occasion[s] for constitutional confrontation between the two branches' are likely to be avoided whenever possible. United States v. Nixon, supra, at 692"

Apparently our President doesn't think it his duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” that it is alright for him to substitute his own judgment for that of the Constitution regarding the discharge of such duty.

Once again Bush shows us his disdain for both the Constitution and the American People!

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Vice said...

This shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody. It's become quite obvious that Bush and Cheney have some serious skeletons in their closets that they are trying to keep hidden. Unfortunately we may never know how many skeletons they are hiding until this administration is gone.
But if I have to listen to Gonzalez repeatedly claim "I don't recall" again, I swear I'm going to have blood shoot out my ears!

Carol said...

LOL! Vice - stop listening to him we need you sane!