Friday, July 13, 2007

Contempt for Congress.

The WaPo reports:

"A court battle over President Bush's broad but largely untested claims of executive privilege grew more likely yesterday when a House panel took the first step toward bringing contempt charges against former White House counsel Harriet E. Miers. Miers had been subpoenaed to appear before a House Judiciary subcommittee to testify about her role in last year's firings of nine U.S. attorneys, but declined to attend after Bush's White House counsel advised her not to appear."

You know, I've always kind of had the impression that Herriet Miers wasn't the sharpest knife in the kitchen draw but, man oh man, where does she come off thinking she can just ignore a Congressional subpoena? As Chairman John Conyers says, "Are congressional subpoenas to be honored, or are they optional."

When you're talking about our imperial war president, the law is always optional, I guess. I'm sure his handlers can wrap the threat of al-Qaeda around their refusal to let Miers testify.

Isn't this woman a lawyer, though? Is she really willing to risk a contempt charge based on some legal mumbo jumbo cooked up by Fred Fielding? A "bedrock presidential prerogative" my rosy red butt!

Well, after seeing what happened to Scooter Libby, what does she have to worry about, really? There isn't any way W. is going to let one of his nannies go to jail. For sure he doesn't want her even going near Patrick Leahy. You know, the whole not so sharp thing is a concern. Leahy could really go to town on Meirs, I'm thinking.

Just look what happened to Sar Taylor under a barage of questioning led by Leahy. She tried to play it both ways and came out worse for the experience. Even sleepy old Arlen Specter said to her, "There's no way you can come out a winner. You might have been on safer legal ground if you'd said absolutely nothing."

Which is why Herriet Miers must stay far, far away from that troublesome Pat Leahy!. She'll spill the beans for sure. She'll get that deer in the headlights look in her eyes and she'll be road kill.


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