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"The President, through a United States Attorney, need not, indeed may not, prosecute criminally a subordinate for asserting on his behalf a claim of executive privilege. Nor could the Legislative Branch or the courts require or implement the prosecution of such an individual." GW Bush July 20, 2007
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Now before the kids on the right start touting that this is all well and proper, just remember that, should the Democrats win the White House in 2008, and the President, for some reason get to a point where there is a need to gain testimony from White House Staff or to see documents that are necessary to proceed in an investigation THIS declaration of Executive Privilege will set the bar.



By Dan Eggen and Amy Goldstein
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, July 20, 2007; A01



Bush administration officials unveiled a bold new assertion of executive authority yesterday in the dispute over the firing of nine U.S. attorneys, saying that the Justice Department will never be allowed to pursue contempt charges initiated by Congress against White House officials once the president has invoked executive privilege.

The position presents serious legal and political obstacles for congressional Democrats, who have begun laying the groundwork for contempt proceedings against current and former White House officials in order to pry loose information about the dismissals.

Under federal law, a statutory contempt citation by the House or Senate must be submitted to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, "whose duty it shall be to bring the matter before the grand jury for its action."

But administration officials argued yesterday that Congress has no power to force a U.S. attorney to pursue contempt charges in cases, such as the prosecutor firings, in which the president has declared that testimony or documents are protected from release by executive privilege. Officials pointed to a Justice Department legal opinion during the Reagan administration, which made the same argument in a case that was never resolved by the courts.

"A U.S. attorney would not be permitted to bring contempt charges or convene a grand jury in an executive privilege case," said a senior official, who said his remarks reflect a consensus within the administration. "And a U.S. attorney wouldn't be permitted to argue against the reasoned legal opinion that the Justice Department provided. No one should expect that to happen."

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Yet another movement towards executive unaccountability. Hopefully it will be challenged successfully.

The diehard Republicans will defend it for short term political gains, but it is really about the checks and balances of the US Constitution in the end.

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I refuse to call them "Republicans". It is a sliver of the GOP, they gained control because of 9-11. Call them what they really are: fucking fascist sons of bitches. Traitors. Treasonous pig fuck scum.

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The Justice department has already weighed in on this I believe and they will NOT prosecute congressional contempt charges. This is EXACTLY the issue that has been developing with the "US Attorney" scandal, and I am not surprised in the least it has come to this.

What is Congress' recourse if the Justice department will not prosecute crimes of the executive??????????

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