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Bush Scoffs at Subpoenas

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Posted on Jun 28, 2007
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Vintage angry Bush shows his teeth.

The president is sick and tired of those Democrats and their pesky checks and balances and will not allow his aides to testify, as summoned, before the Senate. Bush and his legal team are relying on executive privilege—the notion that what happens in the White House stays in the White House. But Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy isn’t buying it.

It’s not entirely clear what defense Dick Cheney and his office will use to dodge the subpoenas, now that he’s opted out of the executive branch, although he could always opt back in when the time is right. But then won’t he have to fork over those secret communications? Or is it: What happens in the White House stays in the White House, if you’re actually in the White House, but if you step out on the patio and Blackberry someone, you’re in the clear?


AP:

WASHINGTON (AP)—President Bush, in a constitutional showdown with Congress, claimed executive privilege Thursday and rejected demands for White House documents and testimony about the firing of U.S. attorneys.

His decision was denounced as “Nixonian stonewalling” by the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Bush rejected subpoenas for documents from former presidential counsel Harriet Miers and former political director Sara Taylor. The White House made clear neither one would testify next month, as directed by the subpoenas.

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By republicansscareme, June 29, 2007 at 8:40 pm Link to this comment
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I’m afraid that the criminals that have hijacked our government are not going to leave willingly.

The current risk is that Bush will use a staged/real terrorist attack to declare martial law, suspend the constitution and postpone elections.

Or, the criminals will attack Iran and cause riots in the streets of America (and throughout the world), then declare martial law, suspend the constitution and postpone elections.

Honorable men and women in the military will have to decide what they are going to do…join the people or defend the thugs?

As a precaution, I encourage all decent Americans to arm themselves, and purchase adequate ammunition to defend America from a Zionist-Fascist takeover of the United States.

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By DennisD, June 29, 2007 at 6:31 pm Link to this comment
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“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Who the hell is kidding who - wake the f**k up Congress. Impeach these scumbags now.

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By Gmangle, June 29, 2007 at 2:08 pm Link to this comment
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The White House going into bunker-mode is direct evidence that there is a LOT that they need to keep hidden. They are well aware of just how criminal their activities have been, and they are acting accordingly. They will stonewall and obfuscate to the bitter end.

This White House’s lawlessness is a direct result of the failures to bring former Presidents, starting with Richard Nixon, to justice. The failures to impeach and imprison Nixon, Reagan, HW Bush and even Bill Clinton, are clear evidence that number one, the system does not work, and number two, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. And if there ever was an absolutely corrupt chief executive, this strutting jackanape of a tiny brained mammal is one of those. Power in the hands of criminals produce the effects we are seeing now…wars without end or justification, massive federal debt that benefits the ultra-rich and endless variations on the theme of destroying the Constitution, all while touting how much they protect and defend said document.

This is a sad, old and tired game they’re playing. And if they get away without consequences (to their continued freedom), then once again, the football of executive crime will be punted forward into the future, where it will once again be guaranteed to lead to further violations of law, human rights, international treaties and the like. Think Hillary with unlimited Presidential power, along with her deep and abiding love for secrecy. Welcome to Bush with a brain.

We’re screwed people. Nothing any of us do will change the outcome. Bush will walk away, along with his little Dick (Cheney), and they’ll then be “elder statesmen” like Nixon was after he left in “disgrace”. Our way of governance is now a parody of itself…showing only the tiniest hint of a veneer of democracy and law. Below the veneer…a massive bubbling tumor of corruption, greed, racism, hunger for power and of course, the gold standard of America…ultra-violence and all the corporations that profit from it! Face it, no one can, or will stop this corruption and crime hoe-down…so may as well just get on with your lives and hope that they don’t decide to come and disappear you. Just go ahead and think your vote will make a difference…when it comes time to choose between Corporate-owned and operated President 1 or 2. Sure, you can make a difference…between bad and bad, or, worse and worse…those are the choices, and that’s the way it is, and always will be. Good luck with that.

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By Dale Headley, June 29, 2007 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment
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Comedians joke about Bush cancelling the ‘08 elections.  Things like this make me disinclined to laugh.

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By oskar milde, June 29, 2007 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment
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IMPEACH.  IMPRISON.  REPEAT.

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By rodney, June 29, 2007 at 11:13 am Link to this comment
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Surly everyone knows that this is a failed Presidency Like Bush said about Castro everyone wish he would go away. Bush is the lamest duck of a President we have ever had with this much time in office left. The Democrats need to impeach both Bush and Cheney for high crimes and misdimeanors but the won’t for fear of backlash that could cause them the next election, Seems no one has balls anymore. The Democrats are willing to ignore criminal behavior by thid adminstration in order to win the next election. Bush failed legacy should be followed with impeachment

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By TDoff, June 29, 2007 at 11:05 am Link to this comment

If this subpoena deal gets to SCOTUS, Bush is flat gonna lose, no matter how stacked he made the court. Even those 5 assh*les wouldn’t be able to keep a straight face, ruling in favor of Bush’s ‘Executive Privilege’ claim, in view of the mountains of unchallenged evidence that will be presented that Bush is not an ‘executive’.

He should change his defense to ‘Pity-Dummy Exception’.

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By TDoff, June 29, 2007 at 10:57 am Link to this comment

So the ‘Decider’ has decided to become the ‘Scoffer’, which may lead to him ‘Scoffing’ at impeachment, which may lead to him becoming the ‘Impeachee’.

(I never before thought of The Dummy as ‘..Peachee’ anything).

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By GW=MCHammered, June 29, 2007 at 9:46 am Link to this comment
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Now would be the time for foreign-trespassers, I mean illegal-immigrants, to storm the capitol and take over. It’s a coin toss whether any legal citizen would bother to stop them.

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By Joe R., June 29, 2007 at 9:37 am Link to this comment
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If the Dems do not go after the most corrupt politician since Caligula, then they will completely lose support of the American people.  America has finally woke up to this administrations criminality, and we want justice.  Bush and company belong in prison for violating their oath of office.  They have committed war crimes and and are guilty of wide spread corruption and war profiteering.  They belong in prison, and if we don’t insist that they go to prison, we will lose our freedom.

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By cann4ing, June 29, 2007 at 9:19 am Link to this comment

In U.S. vs. Nixon, the Supreme Court ruled that claims of “executive privilege” must give way to the need to acquire evidence in a criminal investigation.  There is a significant body of evidence, including more than 500 e-mails now in the possession of investigative reporter Greg Palast, that reveal that the U.S. Attorney discharge scandal is directly linked to illegal efforts by Republican operatives under the command of Karl Rove to illegally “cage” minority voters.

The distinction between the current situation and Watergate is that in 1973 the Supreme Court was not packed with Federalist Society subversives who had no regard for precedent or the rule of law, including one Samuel Alito, author of the radically subversive “Unitary Executive” theory which provides the underpinning for the more than 1000 presidential signing statements.  Under this theory, it is meaningless to talk about whether the president is above the law.  Under “Unitary Executive” theory, the president “is” the law.

Don’t expect any help from the Supreme Court on this issue.

There is only one answer:  Impeachment.  Yet, we have a Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, who stated that impeachment was “off-the-table” because it is “a waste of time.”  If we could transport Ms. Pelosi back in time, I wonder how the framers of the Constitution would have reacted if Ms. Pelosi had told them that this ultimate check on arbitrary executive power was a “waste of time?”

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By Chaseme, June 29, 2007 at 7:17 am Link to this comment
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“What happens in the White House stays in the White House.”

Does that apply to having sex in the White House? Not when we can recall the Billions spent to impeach Clinton.

May someone remind them, “What happens in Clinton’s pants stays in Clinton’s pants.”

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By WykydRed, June 29, 2007 at 3:20 am Link to this comment
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As if no one expected this?

This stance clearly states, more than anything possibly could, “We are guilty of everything people believe we are and more beside, so we’re just going to shug them off because playing authoritarian bully looks better than proving our guilt.”

We know you and your cohorts are guilty, Bushy Wushy. You know it can be proven by your own documents. It comes down to that.

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By Marshall, June 29, 2007 at 2:18 am Link to this comment

Hey - where’s the story on Truthdig about the UN visit to North Korea and the progress that’s been made on that front????  Will we ever see it??

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By SouthernYankee, June 29, 2007 at 1:54 am Link to this comment
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Just like Nixon President Bush thinks he is above the law.  This administration is worse than President Nixon’s.  I can’t understand why more of the american people aren’t outraged.  If this had been the Clinton administration the talk radio programs would be leading the charge to have Clinton impeached.  I just don’t get it.

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By G.Anderson, June 28, 2007 at 11:43 pm Link to this comment

He’s looking sdand acting more and more everday like Nixon did in wategate. Can’t wait to see him on T.V., stuttering and fumbeling.

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By ~B~, June 28, 2007 at 11:24 pm Link to this comment

OOOO…Pat leahy isn’t buying it!

I think I hear the same comment everytime something is about to disappear. All I hear are gums flappin’.

B

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By Groovesmoothly, June 28, 2007 at 11:09 pm Link to this comment

This says it all-

“I give you my favorite quotation from the Bush administration, put forward by the proverbial ‘unnamed Administration official’ and published in the New York Times Magazine by the fine journalist Ron Suskind in October 2004. Here, in Suskind’s recounting, is what that ‘unnamed Administration official’ told him:”


‘“The aide said that guys like me were ‘in what we call the reality-based community,’ which he defined as people who ‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.’ I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ‘That’s not the way the world really works anymore,’ he continued. ‘We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…. and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”’

excerpt from Mark Danner’s commencement address given to graduates of the Department of Rhetoric at Zellerbach Hall, University of California, Berkeley, on May 10, 2007

You should read in full here…
http://www.markdanner.com/articles/show/words_in_a_time_of_war

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By Margaret Currey, June 28, 2007 at 10:13 pm Link to this comment
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It now seems clear that this administration is crazy, I mean the vice is not part of the executive branch yet it Bush is sick or cannot do his job he can take over the man wants it both ways, and I am sure executive privilage exists for national security, but I remember when there were false security scares yellow, blue, etc. etc. when there was voting in the state of Ohio there was a false security code issued, all to stop the process of voting, this administration is trying to stop democracy from going forth. 

The Impeachment thing should get underway, first Chaney and then Gonzales and Bush.

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By Sean A, June 28, 2007 at 9:59 pm Link to this comment
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Frankly George Bush, should have been impeached way before the recent events, and the related scenarios showcase his “unavoidable” incompetencies. The whole cabinet, and also his whole political team should all be IMPEACHED and sent to Cuba, you know the Bay view for a new residence.Its a complete disgrace, and no one in the World appreciates any of the twisted and maligned policies to date….
Word Out
S e a n A.

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By TDoff, June 28, 2007 at 9:31 pm Link to this comment

Quit F****** around.

IMPEACH! IMPEACH! IMPEACH!

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By 911truthdotorg, June 28, 2007 at 9:21 pm Link to this comment

And STILL the cowardly Democrats (except for Kucinich) won’t impeach these two criminals.

And that, my friends, is why I am now an Independent and have been since Nov 7, 2006.

Google videos: 9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition, America: Freedom to Fascism

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By great_satan, June 28, 2007 at 9:21 pm Link to this comment

How predictable is that?

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