Archive for April 17th, 2007

Executive Overreach

Unbelievable:

The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), wants to get its hands on those RNC-issued email accounts used by Karl Rove and other White House personnel. Congressional investigators want to know about Rove’s and his deputy’s involvement in the U.S. attorney firings. But the White House insists that it review the emails first, before handing anything over to Democrats. Last week, Conyers warned the RNC not to do that, saying that it would be “an unjustified delay” and “potentially… an obstruction of our investigation.”

And today, in a letter to the RNC, the White House made their position clear: you have to give them to us first. There “exists a clear and indisputable Executive Branch interest” in the emails on the RNC-issued accounts, wrote Emmet Flood, Special Counsel to the President.

Okay, I’m not a lawyer, so can someone help me out? What the hell legal principle are they using here??? Does “Because the President says so” really have the force of law?

6 comments April 17th, 2007 at 08:56pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Republicans,Rove

On The Lam

Josh is skeptical about the June 2006 Kyle Sampson e-mail, a month after Carol Lam took Duke Cunningham down, lamenting her woeful performance on immigration, and how they were going to pressure her to do better, and fire her if she didn’t.

Except they never talked to her about immigration, leading Josh to believe that the e-mail was a deliberate smokescreen to obscure the real reason she was fired.

Works for me.

3 comments April 17th, 2007 at 07:36am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Politics,Republicans


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