In an example of strategic genius, Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) declared yesterday that “President” Bush was in no way involved with the 9 US Attorney firings… as the White House has long maintained.
In that case... the pretense of Executive privilege is out the window, which means that Karl Rove, Josh Bolten, Sarah Taylor and her assistant Scott Jennings can no longer avoid giving their full and honest testimony… as well as turning over all documents relating to the firings.
At last! A Democrat is showing some balls…
“The president's lack of involvement in these firings — by his own account and that of many others — calls into question any claim of executive privilege.”
So Leahy is now free to order them to comply, immediately, with the Judiciary Committee's subpoenas or they will be held in contempt… legal contempt mind you, as they are held in personal contempt by an incredibly large number of people already…
From Leahy's website;
“I hereby rule that those claims are not legally valid to excuse current and former White House employees from appearing, testifying and producing documents related to this investigation. Accordingly, I direct Mr. Bolten, Mr. Rove, Ms. Taylor and Mr. Jennings to comply immediately with the Committees subpoenas by producing documents and testifying or face possible contempt citations.”
Now I realize that some people, myself included, have been asking why this wasn't done months ago when Subpoenas were issued on June 13th and July 26th.
I don’t have an answer for that… and as of right now, I honestly don’t care. It’s better late than never, and now we get to see how the White House will react to this news.
Your turn White House…