Patrick Leahy plans to subpoena Karl “Turdblossom” Rove concerning the firing of several U.S. Attorneys.
Meanwhile, Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have sent this letter (link via Firedoglake) requesting the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the possibility of perjury by AG Alberto “I Don’t Recall” Gonzales. The letter is signed by Charles Shumer, Diane Feinstein, Russ Feingold and Sheldon Whitehouse.
The White House says Congress is out of control. And firedoglake says what that really means is that Congress is out of the White House’s control. Can it be? Could we finally be moving toward our own, 2007 Saturday night massacre? Read the rest.
Ah, the Nixonian era. Nostalgia.
Remember Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor who was investigating the Watergate mess? When it became clear that Cox was homing in on the White House, Nixon instructed his AG, Elliot Richardson, to fire Cox. Richardson refused and resigned. So Nixon turned to Deputy AG William Ruckelshaus, who also refused. Ruckelshaus either resigned or was fired, depending whose version one believes.
Finally, the redoubtable Robert Bork (then Soliciter General, later a Bush Supreme Court nominee) stepped into the breech and Borked Cox. Nixon abolished the office of the special prosecutor and turned the whole enchilada over to the DOJ. And the stage was set for Nixon’s downfall.
Read into that what you will. I am guardedly optimistic.
Earlier today, Christy Hardin Smith at FDL had a great post about our responsibility—yours, mine, ours—in these deeply disturbing and dangerous times. Here’s an excerpt, but be sure to catch her whole post:
Standing up for the rule of law and the Constitution is not a partisan issue. It is an American issue.
What the Bush Administration is doing with its systematic disregard for the rule of law is to put the Presidency above the rest of the nation, and to declare that the President may rule by fiat with no recourse for checks or balances because they say so – to publicly proclaim themselves to be the imperial presidency, the very thing the Founders of this nation feared would occur during time of war. (snip)
(emphasis mine) We have work to do over the next few weeks if Congress is, indeed, going to recess. (snip) Make an appointment with staffers or your elected representatives and talk with them about the issues that are important to you, including the restoration of the rule of law. Better yet, put together a local group and go to the meeting — many voices raised at once for the Constitution carries a lot of weight, because most people never bother to take the time to involve themselves politically at all. Write letters to the editor. Call in to talk radio.
Do something to make yourself heard — and to make others stop and think about their responsibility to become active citizens. Do not let the only voices that our elected officials hear be those of paid lobbyists and Administration apologists. It is incumbent upon each of us to stand up and say that we have had enough and that we want action…now.
I'm hoping against hope that Congress does not recess. We all know the shenanigans BushCo pulls with recess appointments in the past. Think John Bolton’s appointment as U.N. ambassador. Think Julie Myers whom Bush appointed during a 2006 recess to head the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau at the Department of Homeland Security. Both Republicans and Democrats viewed her as a lightweight. She would never have been confirmed, so the only way in was through a BushCo back door.
I’m thinking no Congressional recess. I’m thinking call the boogers out, one by one. I’m thinking get rid of the moral termites. I’m thinking impeachment.
Let’s get to work!