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Miers and Bolten in Hot Water Over Attorney Firings

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Posted on Feb 14, 2008

Former White House counsel Harriet Miers and former Chief of Staff Josh Bolten declined to testify about the U.S. attorney firing scandal that ultimately led to the resignation of Alberto Gonzales as attorney general, and now it’s payback time: The House has voted to hold Bolten and Miers in contempt of Congress for keeping mum.

The Hill:

The matter will now be referred to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.

If the fight comes to a head without a compromise having been reached, it could pit Congress’s power to hold White officials in contempt against the president’s right to assert executive privilege.

Democrats passed two resolutions through the adoption of a single rule, a procedural tactic that limited the time of debate, angering Republicans. One resolution holds Bolten and Miers in contempt. The second sets the stage for a civil suit the House would file against the administration to compel it to force Bolten and Miers to testify.

“I hope this administration will realize this Congress is serious about its constitutional role of oversight,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

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By Frank Cajon, February 19, 2008 at 11:13 pm Link to this comment

Hey, it is pretty hard not have contempt for this Congress. Still, while the Fascist GOP feeds checks and balances into the same shredder that the Bill of Rights went into a few years back, it is hard for me to feel too warm and fuzzy about the Jackasses playing ‘hardball’ while they give the Chancellor and his thugs every wiretapping, waterboarding, and war fund he snaps his fingers for. They are all pigs rutting in the same swill.

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By Louise, February 15, 2008 at 7:46 am Link to this comment

I promise you nothing expat. How presumptuous would that be?

But, I agree with the sentence:
“This is beyond arrogance,” said Pelosi. “It’s hubris taken to the ultimate degree.”

Uhhh, don’t we all?

Maybe you need to re-read the article.

Nancy pointed out the duplicity and dishonesty of a president and his republican guard in the House. And Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.) PROVED she was right when he said [prosecution of] the case “creates the potential to undermine the power of the first branch of government.”

So, I think we all need to recognize how totally insincere the repubs are when it comes to We The People.

I suspect there are some dim-bulbs out there who actually believe the president is the FIRST branch of our government, and should have unbridled power. I mean after all, Bush and Cheney, the decision maker and the decider guy do!

But the Constitution does not!

By the way, Dreiers remarks are really pointing out the administration and their lackeys in congress are afraid of this showdown. Especially now that Bush is out there trying to spin the illusion that he has actually done something ... anything ... of value in the last eight years!

And no matter how lock-stepped they all are, there is always the chance that someone, seeing the possibility that a republican majority will be a thing of the past in just a few short months, may panic and actually tell the truth!

In spite of Bushes threats this morning, al Qaeda is not going to destroy us Sunday if we refuse to give him a law freeing law-breakers from prosecution on Saturday. You might remind any right-wingers you know about that if they wake up alive and well on Monday.

[After thought. If al-Qaeda attacks us Sunday, because Bush didn’t get his immunity law Saturday, I would be inclined to think the attack was more likely NEO inspired than QAEDA inspired ...]

Lets try to direct our righteous rage at the real bullies in our government: The “wounded” repubs who marched out of the house to waiting mikes and cameras!

Every time we shout at the dems for doing too little too late, we give fuel to the liars and cheats who have done so much too so many!

Few if any, actually pay attention to what’s going on in congress every day. Fewer still pay attention to anything Bush says. But a grandstand play like the ones these creepy repubs pulled off yesterday feeds right into the empty heads of the many who pay no attention!

What the dems did yesterday may be seen as late in coming, but for the sake of sanity don’t criticize. The last thing in the world we want is for them to misunderstand and change their mind! We simply can not afford to assume they are all as smart as we are ... wink

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By Expat, February 15, 2008 at 4:22 am Link to this comment

^ Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!  Give me a minute….okay, okay, hot water?  Are you kidding?  Sorry, sorry, my cynicism is showing.  So, who’s going to spank them; Pelosi?  Hahahahahahahahahaha!

Get a grip; “much ado about nothing.”  My appologies to William.

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By Expat, February 15, 2008 at 4:13 am Link to this comment

^ you’re way too optimistic, way too soon.  Neither democratic candidate has addressed rolling back the powers grabbed by Bush/Cheney.  Pelosi and her gang gives me no faith whatsoever in any dem at this point.  I’m with Obama only because the other choices on both sides are just awful, with McCain just plain scary.  I’m not assuming anything at this early juncture.  For me it’s wait and see…shut the *&$# up and show me; I don’t want empty promises or false hopes.

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By jdogg333, February 15, 2008 at 2:32 am Link to this comment

Please excuse my lack of understanding the FISA thing but it’s a bit confusing.

The Senate passed the bill with an amendment that provided retroactive immunity correct? Now is the immunity attached to the Protect America Act? And if they let it expire without an extension does that mean no retroactive immunity? Gah…sorry but I need some help folks.

Anyways…..So Boehner claims the contempt resolution was “grandstanding” and a “publicity stunt” does he? How about the fact that when the children threw their little tantrum, there just “happened” to be a podium with microphones waiting for them outside.

Well it seems that maybe, just maybe, our representatives are doing the job WE HIRED them to do. I hope it’s not too little too late. I’m going to try and stay optimistic.


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By troublesum, February 14, 2008 at 9:30 pm Link to this comment

Boner lost a fight on the floor so he went outside to stroke it.

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By troublesum, February 14, 2008 at 9:25 pm Link to this comment

Boner got one on and walked out with other republicans because democrats finally stood up for the protection of civil liberties.

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By Louise, February 14, 2008 at 6:56 pm Link to this comment

“This is beyond arrogance,” said Pelosi. “It’s hubris taken to the ultimate degree.”


Well no kidding? I cant tell you how happy I am that we finally agree on something Nancy!


“Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.) said the case “creates the potential to undermine the power of the first branch of government.”


Well there you have it folks, right out of the horses arss, oops I mean mouth.

It’s official. These repubs believe there are not three equal but separate branches of government, just number one. Their president.

The absolute worst president we have had in the entire history of this country!

Their man.

[Lets be kind and say they deserve him. smile]

Watch them scream like stuck pigs when the president isn’t a dumb republican. Nothing like putting two right feet into a left shoe. Or a crooked foot into a right shoe. Or a twisted peg-leg into any shoe.

I cant wait!


“Many GOP lawmakers also accused the Democratic leadership of wasting time on the contempt charges instead of passing the FISA update.”

Speaking of which ...

“We have space on the calendar today for a politically charged fishing expedition, but no space for a bill that would protect the American people from terrorists who want to kill us,” said Rep. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, the minority leader.”

“Let’s just get up and leave,” he told his colleagues, before storming out of the House chamber with scores of Republicans in tow.”


Which gives me an excellent opportunity to report this classic line from the mouth of Louie Gohmert, (R-Texas) yesterday.

In his emotional contribution to the debate, to force a vote on said FISA “update” he opined:

“... folks if you have a problem with your phone calls being listened too, just tell your terrorist friends not to call you at home!”

[I cant make this stuff up!]

By the way, did someone have the presence of mind to lock the door after the herd of elephants left?

Oh, and hose the bovine fecal matter off the floor?

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By msgmi, February 14, 2008 at 6:41 pm Link to this comment
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Bolten and Miers need Gonzo’s
professional legal advice…‘i can’t remember’ worked during the Iran-Contra caper and it always works. Gonzo knows.

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By cyrena, February 14, 2008 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment

I agree with you Thomas, except on a minor technicality.

There is nothing that Nancy Pelosi is doing now, that could be considered an ‘effort’ in terms of anything more than continued to protect her botoxed butt, and her corporate buddies, INCLUDING the telecoms.

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By Thomas Billis, February 14, 2008 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment

After the Democrats in the Senate told the tele communications giants nothing has changed just make the checks out to the democrats a little theatre in the house for the faithful is par for the course.Let me make a prediction.The immunity for the telecommunication giants will pass despite the efforts of Nancy Pelosi and Hoyer.The vote will occurr at 2 in the morning and the democrats with their majority will vow to fight on for the issues that really matter to the American people.What the Democrats need to get anything done is if the House and Senate had 0 repuplicans in it.Those rascally republicans just keep outsmarting them at every turn.

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By cyrena, February 14, 2008 at 3:58 pm Link to this comment

•  “Republicans argued that Congress should not seek a showdown with the White House on the issue, claiming that losing the case would hurt the legislative branch in the long run.”

What a farce! As if the legislative branch hasn’t already become totally insignificant because they’ve allowed Dick Bush to run roughshod over the Constitution for years.

“Many GOP lawmakers also accused the Democratic leadership of wasting time on the contempt charges instead of passing the FISA update.”

“On the eve of the expiration of critical intelligence legislation, the House Democratic Majority has chosen to put extreme partisanship ahead of our country’s safety,” Smith said.  “Apparently, the Democratic majority cares more about the alleged steroid use of a few baseball players and the personnel decisions of the White House than they do about promoting national security.”

He’s kidding, right? This is after Dick Bush already said he was going to veto the FISA update until he got immunity for the telecoms. Now that they’ve given him that, the FISA update becomes ultra important.

Matter of fact, it’s so crucial and important, that’s why all of the Repugs walked out:

•  Ahead of the vote, Republicans had walked out in an effort to show that they want to work on a permanent update to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) rather than be part of a “partisan fishing expedition,” as House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) put it.

Pretty damn amazing. Take that back, it’s not. It’s standard operating procedure for the repugs.

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By LibertyWatch, February 14, 2008 at 3:54 pm Link to this comment

What will be a long line of corrupt, criminal, cronies of Bush$Co! Maybe the Dems have figured out that all the emails and phone calls want to see them act like legal representatives of the people and not a bunch of corporate cronies?

PEACE by popular demand! Call, Write, Fax, your reps today!

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