The Untouchables? Well, Maybe Not!

Yay!! The return of Gonzogate!!
From the Associated Press:

A Senate chairman said Thursday that President Bush was not involved in the firings of U.S. attorneys last winter, and he therefore ruled illegal the president’s executive privilege claims protecting his chief of staff, Josh Bolten, and former adviser Karl Rove.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy directed Bolten, Rove, former White House political director Sara Taylor and her deputy, J. Scott Jennings, to comply “immediately” with their subpoenas for documents and information about the White House’s role in the firings of U.S. attorneys.

Original DVD cover.

The ruling is a formality that clears the way for Leahy’s panel to vote on whether to advance contempt citations against the four to the full Senate.

The executive privilege claim “is surprising in light of the significant and uncontroverted evidence that the president had no involvement in these firings,” Leahy wrote in his ruling. “The president’s lack of involvement in these firings — by his own account and that of many others — calls into question any claim of executive privilege.”


What happens now is not clear. Leahy did not set a deadline for the subjects of the subpoenas to comply. He could bring the contempt citations before the committee, but there were no plans to do that, according to officials close to the panel.

The ruling was the latest salvo in a nearly yearlong controversy spawned by the firings of at least nine U.S. attorneys that ultimately cost former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales his job.


[Attorney General Michael] Mukasey did not rule out allowing a federal prosecutor to take the case of any contempt citations passed by Congress. House leaders also have filed a contempt citation in their chamber against Bolten and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, but no floor vote has been scheduled.


Leahy held off on his ruling while the committee moved Mukasey’s nomination, in part because committee officials felt there seemed little point in pursuing citations the White House seemed certain to block.

But Mukasey’s testimony and his promise to quit if Bush ignored his legal advice gives any citation — even the threat of one — more weight.


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10 responses to “The Untouchables? Well, Maybe Not!

  1. Friend of the court

    Did anyone ask Mukasey how he felt about, obstruction of justice? There were a lot of questions asked, during the hearings, that should be answered with something besides the executive privilege claim. Also, some of the folks, who were invited, didn’t even bother to RSVP. How rude. I am glad that the rats weren’t allowed to swim away.

  2. nonnie9999

    i had this poster made months ago, and it has been sitting in the hopper unused. in fact, i changed the cast of characters. originally, i had cheney, rove, and harriet miers. i left rove in but changed the others to josh bolten and sara taylor. however, i still have the original, and, hopefully, those shitheads will be summoned again so i can still use it.

  3. Friend of the court

    There was a man named David Becker on NOW, last night. He was an ex DOJ employee and talked, a lot, about how the Justice Department has been converted into the Department to Ensure that Republicans “win” elections. It was good to see this information, from beyond the bloggs. We need to have this mess cleaned up in full public view. It is not legal to use the Department of Justice as an election organization.

  4. nightowl724

    The pinwheel + W’s expression = you slay me!

    All these crazy maneuvers! “Here we go round GW Bush, GW Bush, GW Bush. Here we go round GW Bush, GW Bush, GW Bush. All around the White House.”

  5. nonnie9999

    what’s NOW? i like when ex-employees come out and spill the dirt. they know where all the bodies are buried. look at how many cia agents left after the valerie plame debacle. they are talking, and i applaud them.

    like i said above, i did the poster a while ago, and i honestly don’t remember my thinking. i know that i thought that w wouldn’t have a gun in his hand. the secret service would never allow that moron to handle a loaded firearm. i had to put something else in his hand. i think that i first thought of a bottle of jack daniels or jim beam, but i changed my mind, as you can see. wouldn’t it be fun to watch chimpy play with it and make himself dizzy until he throws up or passes out?

  6. Friend of the court

    NOW is a show on PBS. David Braunkowski (that last name is probably misspelled about six different ways) does really good interviews. It comes on, here, every Friday night, right after “Washington Week”.

  7. nonnie9999

    gee, i should start watching pbs more often and learnin’ stuff instead of those reruns of mork and mindy.

  8. nightowl724

    Nanu, nanu!

  9. Friend of the court

    David Brancaccio. I should start watching, “TheElectric Company”, and learn how to spell. ;-(

  10. nightowl724


    I managed to rouse myself out of my winter slumber long enough today to post a diary and parody at Daily Kos for the first time in more than three months.

    Have Yourself a VISA Highmark Christmas (parody, poll, info & invite)