Shortsighted Republicans

1 comment July 25th, 2007at 05:37pm Posted by Eli

Once again, the Bush administration puts its own well-being above the greater good:

The House Judiciary Committee voted contempt of Congress citations Wednesday against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and President Bush’s former legal counselor, Harriet Miers.

The 22-17 vote — which would sanction for pair for failure to comply with subpoenas on the firings of several federal prosecutors — advanced the citation to the full House.

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White House counsel Fred Fielding had said previously that Miers and Bolten were both absolutely immune from congressional subpoenas — a position that infuriated lawmakers.

”If we countenance a process where our subpoenas can be readily ignored, where a witness under a duly authorized subpoena doesn’t even have to bother to show up, where privilege can be asserted on the thinnest basis and in the broadest possible manner, then we have already lost,” Conyers, D-Mich., said before the vote. ”We won’t be able to get anybody in front of this committee or any other.”

This stance is just incredibly selfish and destructive. If the White House guts congressional subpoena power exercised in pursuit of serious executive malfeasance, then that will utterly destroy congressional Republicans’ ability to conduct frivolous witch hunts against future Democratic presidents.

This kind of inability to look ahead and see the big picture is precisely why the GOP cannot be trusted with control of the government.

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

1 Comment

  • 1. PoliShifter  |  July 26th, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    If they do it, it will be hilarious watching the rethugs scramble and demand investigations in the next Democratic Administration yet have no power to subpoena.

    I don’t want that to happen. I want the rule of law to prevail and have equanimity restored to our government.

    But if it does happen I won’t help but post on my blog BWAAHAAAHAAAHAA!!!!


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