Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Rove Under Pressure

The continued hedging of the White House around the subpoenas demanded by the Senate Judiciary Committee with regards to the firings of eight US Attorneys has begun to draw fire from both Republicans and Democrats alike. The attempt by the Committee to place the White House in contempt, which has stalled due to the Justice Department pandering to the White House demands, that Executive Privilege be granted to anyone and everyone with whom Bush has shared even the smallest remark. It’s unbelievable that we have a Justice Department which bows to Executive Pressure.

Whilst Senator Patrick Leahy point blank accused karl Rove of playing a key role in the firings, Senator Arlen Specter also fired a shot across the White House bow as reported by
Michael Roston of The Raw Story:

"The accumulated and essentially uncontroverted evidence is that political considerations factored into the unprecedented firing of at least nine United States Attorneys last year," the committee's chairman said. "The evidence we have been able to collect points to Karl Rove and the political operatives at the White House."

We have a runaway executive branch here that needs to be reined in with the full force of Congress and the Senate. If that means impeachment, so be it, but I cannot understand for the life of me why Bush is being allowed to jerk the entire country around and no one seems to be proactively doing anything about it. Republicans should be up in arms and every Democrat should be asking for Gonzalez’ head and Bush’s impeachment. Can anyone imagine the uproar had Bill Clinton claimed Executive Privilege during the obscenely long and ridiculously expensive, not to mention aborted, Whitewater investigation or the laughable investigation over Monika Lewinsky?

The Democrats’ fear that Impeachment will not work because the Republican Congressmen would never vote for it is not a ground to avoid applying the law as it is laid out in The Constitution of the United States. The President broke the law, is breaking the law and will continue breaking the law until he is stopped. It’s the duty of the legislative branch of government to heed the constitution and to impeach him.

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