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Bush bans Rove from testifying under oath

 
Hipocracy
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03/22/2007 02:54 AM
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Bush bans Rove from testifying under oath
from The Age newspaper in Australia :)

US PRESIDENT George Bush and the Democrat-controlled Congress are heading for a major constitutional confrontation after Mr Bush said he would refuse to allow Karl Rove, his closest political adviser, to testify before a congressional committee investigating the sacking of eight US federal attorneys.

Mr Bush said the threat by senior Democrats to subpoena Mr Rove and former White House counsel Harriet Miers to explain their roles in the sackings was an attempt to set up "show trials".

"We will not go along with a partisan fishing expedition aimed at honourable public servants," he said in a hastily called televised news conference.

"I hope the Democrats don't choose confrontation. I will resist any attempt to subpoena White House officials."

In a day of political drama, the Bush Administration had offered to send Mr Rove and Ms Miers, who no longer works at the White House, to Capitol Hill to be questioned by members of Congress in secret, and not under oath, with no transcripts made of the meetings.

But senior Democrats rejected this offer and vowed to issue subpoenas for the pair and other White House officials.

Senate judiciary committee chairman Patrick Leahy said Mr Rove had to answer serious questions, and the answers had to be given in public hearings.

"Testimony should be on the record and under oath," he said.

Constitutional experts are divided over whether Congress can force White House officials to testify under oath before it, given that they are advisers to the President and not subject to any confirmation process by the Senate.

Administration officials say they will fight any attempt by Congress to force testimony from Mr Rove, in particular.

They argue that the Democrats are trying to limit executive privilege for political purposes.

If the subpoenas are issued and ignored, the matter will most likely end up in the Supreme Court, which would be asked by Congress to expedite the case.

According to legal observers, it would be one of the most significant cases in decades to question the limits of the president's power and the extent of executive privilege.

The White House has released thousands of pages of emails between White House officials and the Justice Department on the sackings, most of which came after the mid-term elections last November.

The federal attorneys are political appointments and there is a history of presidents sacking them when they come to office — Bill Clinton sacked all but one of the 93 attorneys at the start of his presidency.

But Attorney-General Alberto Gonzales and his senior officials seem to have misled Congress over why the eight were sacked.

And with the Democrats looking to take political advantage of their control of Congress, Mr Gonzales is unlikely to survive, despite being a close friend of Mr Bush.

The President told reporters that Mr Gonzales, who even many Republicans think ought be sacked, had his full support.

"The Attorney-General has my support. He has to explain what happened with the attorneys to Congress and he will do that," Mr Bush said.

But even as Mr Bush was insisting that Mr Gonzales had his support, reports in Washington suggested the White House was drawing up a list of candidates for attorney-general.

The betting is that Mr Gonzales will be gone within a month.

[link to www.theage.com.au]
Anonymous Coward
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03/22/2007 10:59 AM
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Re: Bush bans Rove from testifying under oath
Bush and Cheney refused to testify under oath for the 911 commision

what would be the reason for that OTHER THAN GUILT?!

national security being the reason is total BULL!
PlanetaryStorm

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03/22/2007 11:03 AM
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Re: Bush bans Rove from testifying under oath
Bush and Cheney refused to testify under oath for the 911 commision

what would be the reason for that OTHER THAN GUILT?!

national security being the reason is total BULL!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 212450


as if those oaths mean a lot to them... pfff
They do have their oaths... but it's another kind of oath, to another kind of 'power'
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Anonymous Coward
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03/22/2007 11:06 AM
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Re: Bush bans Rove from testifying under oath
either they testify under oath or THEY ARE FIRED!!!!
silver
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03/22/2007 11:10 AM
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Re: Bush bans Rove from testifying under oath
Avoiding testifiying under OATH means they KNOW they are hiding crimes.
Anonymous Coward
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03/22/2007 11:19 AM
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Avoiding testifiying under OATH means they KNOW they are hiding crimes.
 Quoting: silver 160240

yes and they try to hide behind the cover of national security

ivestigating crimes in the highest places would be in the best interest of national security
Anonymous Coward
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03/22/2007 11:32 AM
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"given that they are advisers to the President "

But Bush has stated that they didn't advise him on this matter. The Advisor is not protected by exectutive priveledge, the advise is.
BluzGal

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03/22/2007 12:05 PM
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Congress, the Legislative branch, represents the people as a check and balance against the Executive and Judicial branches. If the will of the people cannot prevail against other American citizens, then this is no longer a democratic republic and Congress should all resign and stop the sham.
zangtang
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03/22/2007 12:09 PM
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laughable and pathetic!

from swaggering hitlerite to naughty little schoolboy who doesn't want to tell the truth!

fuck 'em to death
Anonymous Coward
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03/22/2007 12:14 PM
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Re: Bush bans Rove from testifying under oath
shitstream dubya shitstream
Green Man
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03/22/2007 12:55 PM
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In what passes for political drama in the Empire of America, the Capitalist Party is having a turf squabble with the Other Capitalist Party.

Film at 11.
Must be drunk again
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03/22/2007 05:14 PM
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Re: Bush bans Rove from testifying under oath
He is apparently unaware (go figure)that is simply not an option for him.
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03/22/2007 05:15 PM
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He is apparently unaware (go figure)that is simply not an option for him.
 Quoting: Must be drunk again 170958



Guess he should hire you as his legal counsel.

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