Thursday, July 26, 2007

Leahy - K.O.


On tonight’s “Countdown” Keith Olbermann talks with David Shuster and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy, about Gonzo’s perjury, Executive Privilege and the vote today in the House to recommend contempt charges against former White House Counsel, Harriet Miers and White House Chief Of Staff, Josh Bolten.

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42 comments:

DEN said...

Well Check and Checkmate!

The Justice Dept. will not enforce contempt citations issued by Congress as indicated in their letter.

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DEN said...

The Constitution of The United States has been NULLED and is hereby declared VOID.

Might as well pack them up(Congress), and send them home, nothing but a Unitary Executive and the Neo Fascists are in control.

SIEG HEIL!!

micki said...

I woke up this morning thinking about global warming, the obesity epidemic, and the looming Constiutional crisis.

What do these three issues have in common? Denial for one thing. We Americans are great at denying reality. Inadequate action is another thing in common. Small, inconsequential steps is another common factor. We are a nation of baby steps and denial.

Temperatures rise, health issues increase, the Constitution takes a beating -- yet, little is being done to deal with the problems. Our actions are woefully inadequate. We seem to have a genetic predisposition against life saving change. Too difficult. Too unpleasant. Too selfish. Too busy.

We've known for years that obesity increases the risk of arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, breathing problems, certain cancers, the list goes on....yet, we're tipping the scales...well, off the scale.

We've known that sea levels are rising, drought, weird weather, heat waves, early cold snaps, species extinction, bug infestations, famine, etc. are everyday occurrences throughout the world.

Our Constitution has been subject to systematic erosion in a few short years.

Yet, we act like if problems are developing, they are waaaaaaay off in the future. Immediate risks are negligible. Life is good. Our lifestyles are unchanging. We'll go on a diet tomorrow. We comfort ourselves by buying "green" when we should be just plain buying less.

We are going to deny ourselves into oblivion. Oblivion could be right around the corner.

And I didn't see a squirrel today either.

It is a beautiful day in Bellingham.

micki said...

QUESTION: But has it reached the point for the attorney general to — he’s lost his effectiveness and his credibility?

TONY SNOW: Well, you know, what’s interesting is that there have been all these hearings on the attorney general and yet nobody’s really laid a glove on him. […] At this point, we have hundreds of hearings that have produced bupkis.

Ohhhhhhh? Hey, Tony. You don't know from bupkis! You are of little or no value! You are goat shit.

micki said...

Solicitor General Paul Clement, do your job!

micki said...

If we lived in a reality-based world, Al Fredo would resign by Friday afternoon.

If he doesn't resign, we'll see a knock-down-drag-out of major proportions.

micki said...

bush's support for Al Fredo is reportedly not weakening.

Ya gotta wonder what these guys do for each other!

micki said...

July 26, 2007
Editorial, The New York Times

Defying the Imperial Presidency


The House Judiciary Committee did its duty yesterday, voting to cite Harriet Miers, the former White House counsel, and Joshua Bolten, the White House chief of staff, for contempt. The Bush administration has been acting lawlessly in refusing to hand over information that Congress needs to carry out its responsibility to oversee the executive branch and investigate its actions when needed. If the White House continues its obstruction, Congress should use all of the contempt powers at its disposal.

The committee really had no choice but to hold Ms. Miers in contempt. When she was subpoenaed to testify about the administration’s possibly illegal purge of nine United States attorneys, she simply refused to show up, citing executive privilege. Invoking privilege in response to particular questions might have been warranted — the courts could have decided that later. But simply flouting a Congressional subpoena is not an option.

Mr. Bolten has refused to provide Congress with documents it requested in the attorney purge investigation, also citing privilege, and he has been equally unforthcoming about why he thinks it applies. Together, Ms. Miers’s and Mr. Bolten’s response to Congress has simply been: “Go away” — a position that finds no support in the Constitution.

If these privilege claims make it to court, it is likely that Ms. Miers and Mr. Bolten will lose. The Supreme Court has held that a president’s interest in keeping communications private must be balanced against an investigator’s need for them. In this case, the president’s privacy interest is minimal, since the White House has said he was not involved in purging the United States attorneys. Congress’s need for the information, though, is substantial. It has already turned up an array of acts by administration officials that may have been criminal.

The administration’s contemptuous attitude toward the constitutional role of Congress was on display again this week when Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He repeatedly refused to answer legitimate questions, and he contradicted himself so frequently that it is hard to believe he was even trying to tell the truth.

Congress must not capitulate in the White House’s attempt to rob it of its constitutional powers. Now that the committee has acted, the whole House must vote to hold Ms. Miers and Mr. Bolten in contempt. The administration has indicated that it is unlikely to allow the United States attorney for the District of Columbia to bring Congress’s contempt charges before a grand jury. That would be a regrettable stance. But if the administration sticks to it, Congress can and should proceed against Ms. Miers and Mr. Bolten on its own, using its inherent contempt powers.

It is not too late for President Bush to spare the country the trauma, and himself the disgrace, of this particular constitutional showdown. There is a simple way out. He should direct Ms. Miers and Mr. Bolten to provide Congress with the information to which it is entitled.

DEN said...

Looking for TEETH where only GUMS exist.

Gonzo ain't going anywhere, rover will refuse to show up to any hearing, harryette defied Congress and will suffer no recourse.

Write it off, it's over, I might as well shut down the blog and go home, nothing can or will be done, the course has been set.

º¿carol said...

This was my last post last night. In case Doctor B missed it:

•¿•arol said...

Doc, you said Bush/Cheney would be safe in Uruguay. Remember what Jared Diamond said in "Collapse", the rich would be the last to die. So, they'll get theirs, they'll just be the last to go. And while they're waiting to go there won't be any peasants to wait on them! Ha! "Go look for your OWN firewood! Go look for your OWN food, you mumble, mumble."

7/25/2007 7:40 PM

{ò,ó}arol said...

I agree with you, Den. Nothing can be done about anything. We're so doomed.

Alan said...

So the DoJ won't prosecute. No surprise there. Now what, a Special Prosecutor? I'm drawing a blank right now, but... those are appointed by the AG (part of the DoJ), right? Another dead end? Who hired Archibald Cox (fired by Nixon) and Leon Jaworski (I have a signed copy of his The Right and the Power... he was a local lawyer)? There's another similiar position, besides 'special prosecutor' that I can't seem to remember. Any help?... and I'm hoping CONGRESS appoints those.
Now, as for Abu Gonzales lying his azz off yesterday... that kind of thing is what we need to see the tide turned. Let the chipping away of the Constitution morph into a rebuilding... but I hear Congress won't get serious till AFTER Labor Day. What tha fk?!!!

DEN said...

Put a fork in it Alan, it's done.

Stocks down 300 points, screeeeeeech!

Alan said...

So, it's the Solicitor General that appoints an S/P. "hmmmm"

ruh roh Here's what I was thinking of...
United States Office of the Independent Counsel was an independent prosecutor — distinct from the Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice — that provided reports to the Congress under 28 U.S.C. § 595. The office was terminated in 1999 and replaced by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel.

Alan said...

from Wiki...

United States Office of the Independent Counsel

Alan said...

Put a fork in it Alan, it's done.

Heyy, a quote from a fellow Texan! RIP Ann Richards

Welp, I don't agree Den. I think whoever it was the other day saying the Dems are going slow with a plan to 'rope 'em in' or whatever the words were... are right. I don't agree with going so fkn slow tho, but it might be the slow boil thing, getting political points right up until the elections. By keepting the scandals in the news cycles, they are keeping it fresh in slow-thinking sheeple's minds. I myself am for immediate IMPEACHMENT, and can't wait for my hat to come in the mail. Did y'all order one awhile back? hehe

Alan said...

Wow Watch this 7-minute video.

Alberto Gonzales: Lying Liar Edition

DEN said...

Nope, impeachment ain't happening.
Like Conyers said, they do not have the votes.

Congress has turned into a bunch of political cringing milk sops with no
BALLS!

Don't expect much and you won't be disappointed.

DEN said...

Leahy said yesterday that gonzo has a week to "correct" his testimony so the lying to Congress thing will not fly until that time is up.

Alan said...

Now watch the 5-minute clip at Crooks, titled "Senate Press Conference Calling For Gonzales Special Prosecutor".

Alan said...

Here's another piece of rope...

Democrats request perjury probe of Gonzales

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic senators urged that U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales be investigated for possible perjury and issued a subpoena on Thursday to senior White House political adviser Karl Rove.

DEN said...

Dow Jones Industrial Average DOWN 435 points!

Market correction?

micki said...

Solicitor General Paul Clement is the WH's Supreme Court litigator.

He would make the decision to appoint a special prosecutor because Gonzales and his #2, Paul McNulty, have both recused themselves from the attorney firings investigation.

DEN said...

Red alert: Our national security is being outsourced. The most intriguing secrets of the 'war on terror' have nothing to do with al-Qaeda and its fellow travelers. They're about the mammoth private spying industry that all but runs U.S. intelligence operations today... the private spy industry has succeeded where no foreign government has: It has penetrated the CIA and is running the show." Those are the opening lines to a recent article in the Washington Post by R.J Hillhouse, a blogger and novelist who closely tracks the privatization of the nation's intelligence agencies.

According to Hillhouse more than 50 percent of the National Clandestine Service has been outsourced to private firms such as Abraxas, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Hillhouse's article in the Washington Post created a firestorm of controversy within the intelligence community. A week later the Office of the Director of National Intelligence responded defending the use of private contractors.

@ DEMOCRACY NOW

Add that to Blackwater and what do you get?

Screwed!

micki said...

I think Alan is right.

Sometimes things don't move fast enough for us. But, if the shoe was on the other foot, we'd be cryin' foul if the Repugs were QUICKLY roping and hanging one of our own.

The courtesy of letting a witness "correct" testimony given before the Senate is a hold over from the House of Lords -- collegiality, comity in the quest for harmony and a well-functioning government.

Personally, I don't see anything wrong with that kind of offer, under ordinary circumstances. I realize we don't live in ordinary times, but it'd sure be refreshing if we'd give 'em a chance to get to the goalposts without all the second-guessing and backbiting.

Many were bitching and moaning about the 110th Congress before it was even sworn it.

DEN said...

Please listen to Senator Leahy on the C&L site I referenced on todays post.

Sure gonzo gave incorrect testimony but all he has to do is review the transcript and make corrections that would jeopardize him, so don't hold your breath for a resolution or prosecution.

A special prosecutor appointed to go after gonzo would take so much time it would go way past 2008.

Please watch the vid, fast forward to Leahy.

micki said...

Den, I looked at the video. I have to admit I'm not quite following your point. Okay, so Senator Leahy thinks a special counsel investigation on Al Fredo would run out the clock, past the '08 elections.

But, what is the alternative? As I mentioned earlier, Gonzales should have the decency to resign. If he doesn't resign, and there's no special prosecutor, impeachment takes time, too.

So, what's the answer to the gonzodebacle?

The Dems can't just throw him out on his ass!

He should resign or bush should fire him.

micki said...

Now about global warming....

David B. Benson said...

Carol --- Thanks for the repost, but not necessary, at least for me. I always check that I'm caught up.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Thanks, its

Blackwater,

not Black Watch.

A bunch of blackguards, IMO...

º¿carol said...

Ok, Doc, duly noted. I always check out the old thread so I don't miss anything, but don't know if anyone else does that.

DEN said...

Segue to Tha Apostle Islands, Lake Superior.

David B. Benson said...

There are two Black Watches: one in Scotland and the other in Canada.

Maybe we'll have to send for them...

Jeanne said...

Hi guys,
I REALLY miss the news. I really miss Democracy Now. I really miss sharing my views. Right now I'm working and getting my daughter situated the college world.

Can I just say I can't believe the Bush administration? As I have said a million times, they are sociopathic. The latest with Gonzalez, man oh man.....he lies in front of congress. He's the attorney general for the US. Hello?

Alan said...

Hiya Jeanne!!
We've been missing you. Stop by when you can.

*wavin' atcha*

micki said...

Ya, Jeanne...howdy! As you say, the AG of the USA is caught up in a web of lies of their own making, yet he continues in the job??!! Hello! Dontcha wish it was GOODBYE!!!!!???

Thinking of you...

micki said...

Gerald -- I took a spin over to AR and saw your post about passing gas as it pertains to your birthday...

Well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

micki said...

Well, maybe it's not your birthday....but Happy Day, anyway!

ºCºarol said...

Den, the Apostle Island slide show was wonderful! Thanks. I've never heard of the place and you'd think I would have. º¿c

ºCºarol said...

I had to write to Carl Levin today about a local matter. Will his people respond? Stay tuned.

micki said...

The Apostle Island interlude was just what I needed. Thanks, Den, for sharing that.

Nature is where it's at!

Gerald said...

Micki, it really is my BD.