Senate subpoenas White House and Darth's office

June 27, 2007 by barbara

by barbara

Remember "Gunfight at OK Corral?" Circle the wagons, 'cause this is going to get very interesting.

The Huffington Post:is the first place I read that the Senate Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney's office today "for documents relating to President Bush's warrantless eavesdropping program." Yes, first report came via the blogs. Woo hoo!!

    Also named in subpoenas signed by committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., were the Justice Department and the National Security Council. The four parties have until July 18 to comply, according to a statement by Leahy's office. {snip}

    Echoing its response to previous congressional subpoenas to former administration officials Harriet Miers and Sara Taylor, the White House gave no indication that it would comply.

    "We're aware of the committee's action and will respond appropriately," White House spokesman Tony Fratto said. "It's unfortunate that congressional Democrats continue to choose the route of confrontation." Click and read.

Excuse me? Might it not be more accurate to say: “It’s high time that congressional Democrats choose the route of confrontation. Polite acquiescence has run its course. The unprincipled bloodsuckers running this country into the ground believe themselves exempt from law, oversight, and the expressed desires of the American people.” Confrontation? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet, bunky.

    The showdown between the White House and Congress could land in federal court. {snip}

    Piquing the committee's interest was vivid testimony last month by former Deputy Attorney General James Comey about the extent of the White House's effort to override the Justice Department's objections to the (wiretapping) program in 2004.

    Comey told the Judiciary Committee that Gonzales, then-White House counsel, tried to get Attorney General John Ashcroft to reverse course and recertify the program. At the time, Ashcroft lay in intensive care, recovering form gall bladder surgery.

    Ashcroft refused, as did Comey, to whom Ashcroft had temporarily shifted the power of his office during his illness.

    The White House recertified the program unilaterally. Ashcroft, Comey, FBI Director Robert Mueller and their staffs prepared to resign. Bush ultimately relented and made changes to the classified program that the Justice officials had demanded, and the agency eventually recertified it.

I am stunned -- stunned, I tell you -- that John Ashcroft is starting to look good in contrast to Gonzo. Who could have imagined such a thing? It’s going to be a long, hot summer. Oh, wait. It already is.

Now click back to Susan.

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Anonymous (not verified) | June 27, 2007 - 3:31pm

All well and good, but how about some local politics on the clothes line?

Gov Plenty for Himself has appointed crony Steve Swiggin at the Farm Subsidys to the top labor position in the state. The Gov who never fails to mention working Minnesota famlies in front of a tv camera (but as of yet has never really done anything for them), apoints his buddy Swig to the top job in Labor, a man who's bio indicates he's never received as hourly wage in his life. Do you suppose there's some back scratchin going on here? Do you think since Swig has no chance at leader anymore, here's a chance to stay visible, work less, build a campaign war chest, and BINGO, Plenty for Himself goes to D.C. and Swig goes to Summit Ave.?????

And what does Swig do first day on the job? Spends an hour on MPR, whose interviewer thows nothing but soft balls at him and whose call ins can do no better, a GOP lovefest on a so called liberal left leaning radio station.


barbara aka babs (not verified) | June 27, 2007 - 3:37pm

A somewhat cynical friend observed that the Sviggle thing is a ploy to take some of the press away from the damning health commissioner testimony. Didn't work in the Strib today, though, because Svigster only got a smallish space below the fold.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we eagerly await what we know will be full compliance from BushCo re: trotting off to the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify. That's what patriots do, dontcha know?!


perhansa (not verified) | June 27, 2007 - 5:57pm

With the courts stacked and the Supremes having the 5-4 edge, do you think the BlackHole we used to call the White House will cough up anything?

Seems like the cabal of dark ideologues have a stranglehold here. We all may be dead before anyone finds out all the dirty rotten criminal behavior this Administration has wrought.

Got your muskets ready? Boston Tea party anyone?


barbara | June 28, 2007 - 9:13am

Daily Kos has an excellent post about the possible scenario (scenarii?) of the subpoena showdown.

Click here to access the Kos piece