All members of Congress — Republicans and Democrats — should be concerned about the executive power and privilege claimed by the Bush administration. But today’s House Judiciary Committee vote to hold two Bush aides in contempt may not be the smartest response.
The committee voted along party lines to hold Josh Bolten, White House chief of staff, and Harriet Miers, former White House counsel, in contempt for refusing to testify in an investigation into the firings of nine U.S. attorneys.
But former Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., argued, “Absent showing that a crime was committed in this process, I think the White House is going to win an argument in court,” the Washington Post reported. He contends that the better approach would be to file a lawsuit challenging President Bush’s executive privilege claim.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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