Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

The House Judiciary Comm. has voted on issuing contempt of Congress citations for Harriet Miers, former Whitehouse Counsel and Chief of Staff Josh Bolton. The next step is a vote of the entire House of Representatives.
"If we countenance a process where our subpoenas can be readily ignored, where a witness under a duly authorized subpoena doesn't even have to bother to show up . . . then we have already lost," committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) said before the vote. "We won't be able to get anybody in front of this committee or any other."
I agree. I don't want any President, Republican or Democrat, to be able to dodge the oversight of our Congress. If the House vote favors issuing contempt citations and President Bush prevents the DOJ from pursuing the will of Congress I think very bold action needs to be taken. First and foremost, the impeachment of AG Gonzales (which should happen regardless). If that doesn't help, serious discussion about impeachment of the President needs to take place. I don't want any President to have the power that Bush claims to have.

Bush absolutely needs to keep AG Gonzales as head of DOJ. He's Bush's last line of defense in keeping a whole house of cards from tumbling down.

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