Addressing the empty chair where Miers had been subpoenaed to testify,ruled out of order Bush’s executive privilege claim that his former advisers are immune from being summoned before Congress.
The House Judiciary subcommittee that Sanchez chairs voted 7-5 to sustain her ruling. If an agreement with the White House is not reached, the full Judiciary Committee could convene hearings and vote on whether to hold Miers, Bush’s longtime friend and former Supreme Court nominee, in contempt. Ultimately, the full House would have to vote on any contempt citation.
Miers based her decision not to appear on a new ruling from the “Justice” Department that supports the president’s broad claims of executive privilege.
WASHINGTON — In a broadly worded legal opinion, the Justice Department has concluded that President Bush’s former top lawyer, and possibly other senior White House officials, can ignore subpoenas from Congress to testify about the firings of U.S. attorneys.
The three-page opinion raises questions about whether the Justice Department would prosecute senior administration officials if Congress voted to hold them in contempt for not cooperating with the investigation into the firing last year of eight top prosecutors.
Yeah, Harriet figures she has nothing to worry about. She doesn’t seem to care about her reputation, and Bush will make sure her loyalty is rewarded. No way Gonzo will ever prosecute her. Looks like Congress will have to send out the Seargeant-at-Arms to bust Miers and perp-walk her to the Capitol jail, where she can reside till she talks or the session ends, whichever comes first. That would be must-see-TV, but I doubt it will happen. It’s likely the whole mess will end up in federal court.