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House Affirms Subpoenas in U.S. Attorney Showdown

Posted on Mar 22, 2007

The Senate’s vote is still pending, but a House Judiciary subcommittee followed through Wednesday on its bid to call Karl Rove and other White House officials to testify in public about the controversy over the firings of several U.S. attorneys.  The House committee chair, Democrat John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, said it was imperative that the investigation continue in spite of resistance from the Bush administration.

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A House panel authorized subpoenas [Wednesday] for top White House and Justice Department aides, including White House counselor Karl Rove, setting up a constitutional clash with the Bush administration over the U.S. attorneys investigation.

With the Senate Judiciary Committee poised to authorize a similar batch of subpoenas [Thursday], the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law also issued a broad-based subpoena for documents and e-mails related to the prosecutor firings from Rove, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten, former White House counsel Harriet E. Miers and a trio of other aides.

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By Truth Be Told, March 23, 2007 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment
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This statement was by Patrick Leahy on September 23, 1999 during the time of Clinton’s impeachment trial, enjoy…

    “Most importantly, compelling compliance with a congressional subpoena in this context would be difficult. The civil contempt mechanism normally available to Congress, see 28 U.S.C. 1365, specifically exempts subpoenas to the executive branch. The criminal contmpt mechanism, see 2 U.S.C.  192, which punishes as a misdemeanor a refusal to testify or produce documents to Congress, requires a referral to the Justice Department, which is not likely to pursue compliance in the likely event that the President asserts executive priveledge in response to the request for certain documents or testimony. Thus, the only legal way to enforce this subpeona would be to hold a witness in contempt using its “inherent contempt authority,” but this would require a contempt trial on the floor of the Senate.”

How about that!!!

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By Nancy, March 23, 2007 at 8:37 am Link to this comment
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If the Democrat controlled Congress, and for that matter all of Congress, is to have any credibility at all, they must stand up each and every time and challenge this criminal administration.  That’s what they are—criminals.

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By Margaret Currey, March 22, 2007 at 8:40 pm Link to this comment
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All I can say is these words IMPEACH, IMPEACH, IMPEACH, IMPEACH the whole administration, they are all guilty, first the war, then the war powers, then the FBI stepping over the line, then the Walter Reed Hospital scandal, it goes on and on, also the promises made the to the victims of Katrina, lots of promises but no results, can you imagine the government putting stipulations on receiving money when the city of News Orlaeans lost most of their tax base, not to mention the loss of the visitors to New Orleans and the money the tourist industry would have brought had not the levees broke, the problem was not the Katrina but the break in the levees, that can be leveled against the Army Corps of Engineers, one wonders if this work was contracted like the workers at Walter Reed Army Hospital, this administration really likes to cut corners and then get upset when the truth is found out.

Sorry Mr. Bush you got egg on your face, and spinich between your teeth.

Margaret from Vancouver, Washington

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By DennisD, March 22, 2007 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment
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Investigate, impeach and imprison the Texas Trio as soon as f**king possible.

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By manny, March 22, 2007 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment
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It is quite sad that Congress is spending so much time with the Bush’s administrations political unethical behavior. It would appear that the Bush administration thought that no one would stop them. Well, think again Mr. Bush. I hope this Congress will check mate you every day you are in the White House.

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By Quy Tran, March 22, 2007 at 11:13 am Link to this comment
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Just show Bush/Cheney and all their bunches of SOBs that what justice is ?

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