Thursday :: Feb 14, 2008

Step one


by Turkana

After half a year of waffling, the House has finally voted to hold Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten in contempt of Congress. Republicans walked out. As the Associated Press reports:

The White House said the Justice Department would not ask the U.S. attorney to pursue the House contempt charges.

Remember when Michael Mukasey said he wouldn't let the White House meddle in the administration of justice? Yeah.

It is the first time in 25 years that a full chamber of Congress has voted on a contempt of Congress citation.

The action, which Democrats had been threatening for months, was the latest wrinkle in a more than yearlong constitutional clash between Congress and the White House.

And the first time the entire House has stood up to Bush. They deserve our congratulations and thanks!

The administration has said the information being sought is off-limits under executive privilege, and argues that Bolten and Miers are immune from prosecution.

Because the people have no right to know what their king does, or prosecute criminal behavior by the king's minions.

Still, the resolution would allow the House to bring its own lawsuit on the matter.

If Congress doesn't act to enforce the subpoenas, said Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 Democrat, it would "be giving its tacit consent to the dangerous idea of an imperial presidency, above the law and beyond the reach of checks and balances."

It was much much much too long in coming, but it's wonderful to see Hoyer saying that, and for the House to be doing something about it.

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