Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on March 21st, 2007 7:24 am by HL
Constitutional Crisis Looms, Watergate 2 at Hand?
WASHINGTON - A House panel on Wednesday approved subpoenas for
President Bush’s political adviser, Karl Rove and other top White House aides, setting up a constitutional showdown over the firings of eight federal prosecutors.
By voice vote, the House Judiciary subcommittee on commercial and administrative law decided to compel the president’s top aides to testify publicly and under oath about their roles in the firings.
The White House has refused to budge in the controversy, standing by embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and insisting that the firings were appropriate. White House spokesman Tony Snow said that in offering aides to talk to the committees privately, Bush had sought to avoid the “media spectacle” that would result from public hearings with Rove and others at the witness table.
“The question they’ve got to ask themselves is, are you more interested in a political spectacle than getting the truth?” Snow said of the overture Tuesday by the White House via its top lawyer, Fred Fielding.
“There must be accountability,” countered subcommittee Chairwoman Linda Sanchez (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif.
All Bush had to do was fire Gonzalez, and this probably would have all been averted, but we know how stubborn he is. If Rove and Miers refuse to testify they are in contempt of Congress. But guess who prosecutes Comtempt of Congress charges. You got it The Justice Department, and who is the head of the Justice Department? Why its none other then old Torture Boy himself, Alberto Gonzalez. So either the Democrats will have to be the totally spineless weasles they have been up to now, or they are going to have to impeach the bastard. This time they may have the backing of the big money power brokers and multinational corporations to actually do it. At least they are acting like they have some balls this time.