This Is What Not Having It Both Ways Looks Like

2 comments November 30th, 2007at 09:38pm Posted by Eli

I’m way late on this, I know. I had planned to post it from the airport, but that didn’t exactly work out as planned. From yesterday’s NYT:

A Senate chairman said Thursday that President Bush was not involved in the firings of U.S. attorneys last winter, and he therefore ruled illegal the president’s executive privilege claims protecting his chief of staff, Josh Bolten, and former adviser Karl Rove.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy directed Bolten, Rove, former White House political director Sara Taylor and her deputy, J. Scott Jennings, to comply ”immediately” with their subpoenas for documents and information about the White House’s role in the firings of U.S. attorneys.

”I hereby rule that those claims are not legally valid to excuse current and former White House employees from appearing, testifying and producing documents related to this investigation,” wrote Leahy, D-Vt.


The executive privilege claim ”is surprising in light of the significant and uncontroverted evidence that the president had no involvement in these firings,” Leahy wrote in his ruling. ”The president’s lack of involvement in these firings — by his own account and that of many others — calls into question any claim of executive privilege.’


”If he is now saying that the president wasn’t aware of it, as we have said from the beginning, then I don’t understand why he continues to have this rope-a-dope that’s not going to go anywhere,” [White House Press Secretary Dana] Perino told reporters.

You can’t simultaneously claim executive privilege and lack of presidential involvement. They’re mutually exclusive.

Good on Leahy for finally calling BushCo. out on this, but it would have been nice if he had done it a few months ago.

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


  • 1. Cujo359  |  November 30th, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Not as late as Leahy’s decision, I’d say. Wonder why it took so long? I suppose we’ll be reading about that five years from now.

  • 2. Multi Medium » Help&hellip  |  December 11th, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    […] you claim you didn’t know about it, then you can’t claim executive privilege when they investigate […]

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