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The House Judiciary Committee will meet this Wednesday to vote on contempt citations against former White House counsel Harriet Miers and White House chief of staff Josh Bolten, the committee announced today.  Talking Points Memo & Rawstory have the story.

"This investigation, including the reluctant but necessary decision to move forward with contempt, has been a very deliberative process, taking care at each step to respect the Executive Branch’s legitimate prerogatives,"

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)

This group of thugs came out saying they were above the law and now they will learn that they are to be held accountable for their actions after all.

From TPM:
The committee had issued a kind of final deadline to Bolten to comply with the committee's subpoena by this morning. Apparently, the White House gave the same answer. The committee is targetting Bolten because the subpoena for White House documents related to the U.S. attorney firings was addressed to him, since he's the custodian. Miers, remember, refused to even show up for a hearing before the committee two weeks ago.

Originally posted to acadartist on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 08:54 AM PDT.

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  •  Send the Sergeant At Arms!!! (18+ / 0-)

    The only way contempt charges will go anywhere is if the House uses inherent contempt.

    Bush and Gonzo made it clear the DOJ will sit on conventionally filed contempt referrals when they claim executive privilege.

    Waster of electrons, unlawful enemy combatant.

    by meldroc on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 08:50:09 AM PDT

    •  Not going to happen. (0+ / 0-)

      This isn't for us, it's for the people who don't understand it means nothing.

      •  That doesn't make me want it less... (0+ / 0-)

        People keep tell me I'm tilting at windmills.

        Y'know what?  I don't care.  I'm going to keep pushing for it.  There's something to be said for pragmatism, but if I kept pushing for the pragmatic tactic, some things that desperately need to change, like our presence in Iraq, won't change.  People will just say "There's nothing you can do."  "You can't change the world."

        No.  There are some things that are very much worth fighting for, even if there's an insane amount of resistance.  Accountability from the White House and our government in general is certainly worth it.

        Waster of electrons, unlawful enemy combatant.

        by meldroc on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 11:35:52 AM PDT

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      •  How many Congressmen will Conyers convert? (0+ / 0-)

        Since the contempt citation is simply a device in order to demonstrate that Bush will continue to arrogate power to himself, the relevant question is:

        How many Congressmen who don't yet realize that impeachment proceedings are vital, will realize it after Bush pulls this stunt?

        -5.63, -8.10 | Impeach, Convict, Remove & Bar from Office, Arrest, Indict, Convict, Imprison!

        by neroden on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 11:59:14 AM PDT

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  •  I certainly hope so (9+ / 0-)

    The Democrats simply can't retreat from this one.

    If they run this time, not only will this Congress never again have oversight capabilities, but probably no other
    congress will ever again have oversight capabilities.

  •  I have to wonder at the reaction this will get (8+ / 0-)

    from the WH. WIll he try to 'protect' them from this by sending SS agents to guard them? How about military? Or will he just keep on bleating? If he does either of the first two he will have declared himself a dictator openly and without any way to back out of it. Not only that but anyone who cooperates with him in guarding them will have decalred themselves traitors to their oaths (to the constitution not a pResident after all) openly and with no way to remove the taint.

    It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. George Orwell, "1984", first sentence

    by tony the American Mutt on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 08:59:29 AM PDT

  •  Maybe they should take two approaches.... (8+ / 0-)

    Inherent contempt for Miers.  She is no longer a WH employee and didn't even bother to show up to assert any alleged privilege.

    Criminal contempt for Bolten who is under direct control of the WH.  Then when the DOJ refuses to prosecute under WH orders, begin impeachment proceedings against Bush for obstruction of justice.

    Any party that would lie to start a war would also steal an election.

    by landrew on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 09:00:31 AM PDT

  •  Addington (4+ / 0-)

    is in the middle of it all. Hopefully, and soon,  someone will take a hard look soon at the keeper of Cheney's secrets  and promoter of neoconservative ideas. Bush talks to God, and Addington dreams of Strauss.

    The Hague is a great retirement place.

    by ohcanada on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 09:09:11 AM PDT

  •  Tags fixed (1+ / 0-)
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    First names added for all, and a fuller name for the committee.

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    by sardonyx on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 09:22:46 AM PDT

  •  Yikes! This from TPM (6+ / 0-)

    commenter:

    Hey TPM crew,

    I just got off the phone with the Judiciary committee staff, and they clarified that it will be inherent contempt they're voting on... not statutory.

    I had the phone answerer go and speak with someone who actually knew, and he came back to the phone about 5 min. later confirming.

    This makes a big difference, as you know, the USA in DC isn't in the loop and can't refuse to forward to a grand jury!

    Please call them to confirm, but it's a go! Judiciary Committee: (202) 225-3951

    Thanks for all the hard work,

    Gioele

    Let's hope it is true!!!!!

    "What journalism in America chiefly suffers from today is the lack of alert and competent professional criticism." H.L. Mencken 1927

    by gchaucer2 on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 09:24:13 AM PDT

    •  Diane Rehm today (1+ / 0-)
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      koNko

      devoted the hour to this subject:  Executive Privlilege and Executive Power.  Bruce Fein, a former associate deputy AG, republican counsel during Iran-contra, sounds like Bushco has radicalized him.  He thinks congress needs to appoint a special counsel.

  •  How to be a real Congress (0+ / 0-)

    Thiis from the Congressional Research Folks:

    Whether lawmakers obtain that information depends on their willingness and ability to expend the energy and time it takes to overcome bureaucratic hurdles. To do that well, members of Congress have to think of themselves as belonging to an institution rather than a variety of interests. The White House and agencies have become more skilled in resisting legislative inquiries, particularly when they [*pg 401] come from a Congress controlled by the opposition party. Although presidents routinely announce that they will "cooperate fully" with a congressional investigation, they have also learned "to blunt, to parry, and to outlast the accusations against them."438 Similarly, agencies dig in while flooding committees with marginal or extraneous material. Congress has the theoretical edge because of the more than adequate tools at its disposal. What it needs primarily is motivation, the staying power to cope with a long and frustrating battle, and an abiding commitment to honor its constitutional purpose.

    • Louis Fisher, Library of Congress CRS

    On Contempt specifically:

    When the executive branch refuses to release information or allow officials to testify, Congress may decide to invoke its contempt power. Although the legislative power of contempt is not expressly provided for in the Constitution and exists as an implied power, the Supreme Court recognized as early as 1821 that, without this power, the legislative branch would be "exposed to every indignity and interruption that rudeness, caprice, or even conspiracy, may meditate against it."128 If either House votes for a contempt citation, the president pro tempore of the Senate or the Speaker of the House shall certify the facts to the appropriate U.S. Attorney, "whose duty it shall be to bring the matter before the grand jury for its action."129 Individuals who refuse to testify or produce papers are subject to criminal contempt, leading to fines of not more than one thousand dollars and imprisonment up to one year.130

    The administration refusal to allow the DOJ to enforce a citation of contempt of the Congress, is clearly NOT upholding the constitution!   This is just plain as the nose on my face.

    No to censure.  Enforce your supbeonas through contempt and then impeach  Gonzales now.

    Here's the paper

    "The sky might actually be falling, so keeping my head in the sand may be the safest option." -John Q. Public

    by dogheaven on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 10:02:49 AM PDT

  •  issued a kind of final deadline to Bolten to.. (0+ / 0-)

    is this the dreaded "double dog dare" deadline? Holy sh*t!

    I used to think there was no evil in the world... but then I didn't know Dick.

    by dallasdave on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 11:09:33 AM PDT

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