The House Judiciary Committee voted today to seek contempt of Congress citations against a top aide to President Bush and a former presidential aide over their refusal to cooperate in an inquiry about the firing of federal prosecutors.
The 22-to-17 vote along party lines escalates the battle between the administration and Congressional Democrats over the dismissals of nine United States attorneys last year, an episode that Democrats say needs airing but that many Republicans say is much ado about nothing.
“It’s not a step that, as chairman, I take easily or lightly,” the head of the panel, Representative John D. Conyers, Democrat of Michigan, said before the committee voted to cite Joshua B. Bolten, the president’s chief of staff, and Harriet E. Miers, the former White House counsel.
To take effect, the Judiciary Committee’s recommendation must be voted upon by the full House, where Democrats have a 231-to-201 edge, with 3 vacancies. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not said whether she would seek House action before the lawmakers recess in early August, or allow the issue to simmer until the House reconvenes after Labor Day.
Excuse me, but I think we need to call Nancy Pelosi’s office and let her know that this thing doesn’t need to "simmer"! And call your congressperson’s office today, tomorrow and every day, and let them know that they have to start upholding the rule of law!
Screw your politics; this transcends party politics, and election fortunes. This crap has to stop being about political expediency, and must start being about the law, and who is subject to it. the answer, of course, should be "everyone," including All the President’s Twits.