July 21, 2007

THE FOO ON THE OTHER SHOET:

Fight Over Documents May Favor Bush, Experts Say: Contempt Charge Precedents Cited in Firings Case (Dan Eggen and Amy Goldstein, 7/21/07, Washington Post)

The Bush administration's vow this week to block contempt charges from Congress could prove to be a successful strategy for protecting White House documents about the multiple firings of U.S. attorneys, Democratic legal scholars and legislative aides said yesterday.

The experts cautioned that complaints by Democratic lawmakers about the administration's legal stance are undercut by a Justice Department legal opinion issued during the Clinton administration. It contended, as the Bush administration did this week, that Congress has no power to force a U.S. attorney to pursue contempt charges in cases in which a president has invoked executive privilege to withhold documents or testimony.


Separation of Powers just isn't all that complex.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 21, 2007 9:47 AM
Comments

What fight? U.S. Attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president.

Posted by: erp at July 22, 2007 4:53 PM

I wonder what thoughtful Democrats think about all this ... or did I use a oxymoron?

Posted by: Genecis at July 23, 2007 12:43 PM
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