Miers Defies Subpoena; Subcommittee Clears Way for Contempt Citation

Now we’ll see who blinks first.

Addressing the empty chair where Miers had been subpoenaed to testify, Rep. Linda Sanchez 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.

3 Responses to “Miers Defies Subpoena; Subcommittee Clears Way for Contempt Citation”

  1. KathyF says:

    Is there really a Congress jail? I can think of a few more they could lock up there.

  2. Kathy says:

    The source I linked in the post did include the caveat “assuming such a facility still exists.”

    Here’s a statement from the Seargeant-at-Arms’ web page:

    The Sergeant at Arms is authorized to arrest and detain any person violating Senate rules, including the President of the United States.

    There must be some place to detain said person. Even the President of the United States. And a couple others I could include on the list. :)

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