Heading toward a separation-of-powers showdown, House Democrats prepared contempt of Congress citations against two White House aides who have refused to comply with subpoenas for information on the abrupt firings of federal prosecutors.
The White House has said that Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former legal counselor Harriet Miers, among other top advisers to President Bush, are absolutely immune from subpoenas because their documents and testimony are protected by executive privilege.
House Judiciary Committee Democrats, led by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., reject that claim and have drafted for a vote Wednesday a resolution citing Miers and Bolten with contempt of Congress, a federal misdemeanor punishable by up to a $100,000 fine and a one-year prison sentence.
The panel’s vote is the first step on the road to a possible constitutional showdown in federal court.
This is the first step to impeachment, folks.
I hope this is a sign that the Democrats are about to step things up. the only reason I can figure as to why they haven’t thrown together articles of impeachment is because they want to have a show of major non-cooperation before they do so… but man… there is already so much on the record about these folks…
C’mon, Mr. Conyers; draw up the articles while you’re citing them for contempt. You already know what their reaction will be to the contempt charges, so let’s get ready for the aftermath… we don’t have to wait for the executive privilege claim to play out in court; just write them up now, and we can get this thing moving.
Mark my words, we can get them out of there by spring, if not by Christmas.