Bush Accelerates Contempt of Congress

See, here’s the problem, folks. The Bushies simply do not believe in accountability or oversight. They believe in the "emperor’ model of governance, and they are attempting to place more power in the presidency than it has ever had previously.

Earlier this week, Bush asserted that the country was in a "state of emergency" over the war in Iraq, and asserted that he had the power to simply declare someone guilty of impeding the war in Iraq (which isn’t even a war) and take everything they own. Now, he’s claiming that Congress has no power to order anyone in his administration to do anything.
Link: Broader Privilege Claimed In Firings – washingtonpost.com.

Bush administration officials unveiled a bold new assertion of executive authority yesterday in the dispute over the firing of nine U.S. attorneys, saying that the Justice Department will never be allowed to pursue contempt charges initiated by Congress against White House officials once the president has invoked executive privilege.

The position presents serious legal and political obstacles for congressional Democrats, who have begun laying the groundwork for contempt proceedings against current and former White House officials in order to pry loose information about the dismissals.


"A U.S. attorney would not be permitted to bring contempt charges or
convene a grand jury in an executive privilege case," said a senior
official, who said his remarks reflect a consensus within the
administration. "And a U.S. attorney wouldn’t be permitted to argue
against the reasoned legal opinion that the Justice Department
provided. No one should expect that to happen."

The official, who
spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to
discuss the issue publicly, added: "It has long been understood that,
in circumstances like these, the constitutional prerogatives of the
president would make it a futile and purely political act for Congress
to refer contempt citations to U.S. attorneys."

Think about that a minute. Essentially, it has been determined that it’s possible a crime was committed; if not a crime, a serious case of malfeasance. yet, the check on the Executive Branch, which IS the Congress, is being forbidden to investigate anything by the very people they’re investigating.

This is the highest level of corruption ever seen in the White House, and that’s saying a lot. I’m not even talking about the US Attorney firings; I’m talking about the assertion of supreme power that is not mentioned in the Constitution. These people didn’t swear an oath to Dubya; they swore an oath to the Constitution. They don’t work for a company run by CEO Dubya and paid by him; they work for the government and they work for and are paid by us.

It’s this simple, folks; the three branches are equal, and they check each other. If someone in the Executive Branch does something wrong, Congress has a duty to investigate it. It’s not optional; they have to. Congress makes the laws, the Executive Branch makes sure the laws are implemented, and the Judicial Branch makes sure the laws  are within the  parameters set out ion the Constitution. And they all check each other. That’s the beauty of the system, and why it’s worked so well for so long.

We have to impeach these people; it’s that simple. They would certainly pull this crap during an impeachment proceeding, as well, but that would just reinforce the articles of impeachment.

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