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AP: Bush Is Forcing A Constitutional Crisis

From those champions of the rule of law at the DNC’s Associated Press:

Bush won’t supply subpoenaed documents

By TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON – President Bush, moving toward a constitutional showdown with Congress, asserted executive privilege Thursday and rejected lawmakers’ demands for documents that could shed light on the firings of federal prosecutors.

Bush’s attorney told Congress the White House would not turn over subpoenaed documents for former presidential counsel Harriet Miers and former political director Sara Taylor.

In reaction, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy accused the administration of shifting “into Nixonian stonewalling” and revealing “disdain for our system of checks and balances.” …

Thursday was the deadline for surrendering the documents. The White House also made clear that Miers and Taylor would not testify next month, as directed by the subpoenas, which were issued June 13. The stalemate could end up with House and Senate contempt citations and a battle in federal court over separation of powers.

“Increasingly, the president and vice president feel they are above the law,” said Leahy, D-Vt., after getting the news from Fielding in an early-morning phone call. “In America no one is above law.”

Tensions between the administration and the Democratic-run Congress have been building for months as the House and Senate Judiciary panels have sought to probe the firings of eight federal prosecutors and the administration’s program of warrantless eavesdropping. The investigations are part of the Democrats’ efforts to hold the administration to account for the way it has conducted the war on terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Democrats say the firings of the prosecutors over the winter was an example of improper political influence. The White House says U.S. attorneys are political appointees who can be hired and fired for almost any reason…

Just Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, demanding documents pertaining to terrorism-era warrant-free eavesdropping.

Separately, that panel also is summoning Gonzales to discuss the program and an array of other matters — including the prosecutor firings — that have cost a half-dozen top Justice Department officials their jobs.

The Judiciary panels also subpoenaed the National Security Council. Leahy added that, like House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., he would consider pursuing contempt citations against those who refuse.

This is what it has all been about. To try to get headlines about a “Constitutional showdown.” And of course they jump at any excuse to dust off the specter of Richard Nixon.

Bear in mind that there have been no laws broken. The Democrats haven’t even been able to come up with any plausible charges about any laws being broken. Not even such boldfaced liars as Patrick Leahy and John Conyers.

Every week they throw up some new charge, eavesdropping, attorneys firings, hoping something will stick. Yet there is never any there there.

But none of that matters. The Democrats just want the perception of a scandal. And of course their lickspittle slaveys in the media are only too happy to further their efforts.

It is just another front in the war to try to discredit and destroy the administration any way it can.

Meanwhile, we have soldiers dying half way around the world to defend our country. When some of its worst enemies sit right in the halls of power.

“Increasingly, the president and vice president feel they are above the law,” said Leahy, D-Vt., after getting the news from Fielding in an early-morning phone call. “In America no one is above law.”

If that were only true the America-hating traitor Mr. Leahy would be turning big rocks into little rocks in a penitentiary somewhere.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 28th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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