Executive Privilege - The Road To A Permanent Republican Minority
Senator Leahy and Rep. Conyers are prepared to issue criminal Contempt of Congress charges. Though ultimately it won't do any good. That's not to say that a court case wouldn't be valuable, but the DoJ has the responsibility to prosecute such a case, and Gonzales won't. On the other hand, if the Democrats have the stones, executive privilege can be used as bludgeon to turn the GOP into a minority party...permanently!
How? In short the electorate needs to be reminded every god-damned day about Bu$hCo's willingness to use any means to keep illegal activities safe from scrutiny. Senators who refuse to support Contempt of Congress charges need to be targeted for defeat as 'co-conspirators'. When Giuliani whines about how his administration will be different, he needs to be shouted down with the words, "That's what Bush said!" Republican candidates from Schwarzenegger to the lowest state official need to be lashed to GOP criminality like a narc to an anchor.
Remember...if the situation were reversed, Republicans wouldn't hesitate.
Wasn't that a cheerful response? Glad to have you back!
What are the chances?
Mary... I know, I know, but I'm still hopeful.
First, Leahy has precedent in his favor, generated by Nixon's privilege claim. "the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Nixon that, “where the President asserts only a generalized need for confidentiality, [executive privilege] must yield to the interests of the government and defendants in a criminal prosecution.”"
Second, Leahy seems to be one of the few Dems to see this thing through, and he appears to be relying on the US v. Nixon ruling. His letter to Fred Fielding asks for a specific claim of privilege to made for each document in question, with a backing legal argument.
Third, law professor Jonathan Turley seems confident that "the way Congress can get around the executive privilege in court is to say we are investigating a potential crime."
Just ask Libby how he feels about W now....
Windspike... You got that right. Just heard about Libby. Mother Puss-bucket!
Deb... I say save all that anger up for your locality. What happens at the national level is hard to change, but at the local level...let your politicians feel your wrath. I'm making it my personal mission to see Nancy Pelosi go down.