Exec privilege only counts on Republican-numbered days
Bush decrying "a partisan fishing expedition aimed at honorable public servants" calls to mind the scene in Love and Death where the dying herring merchant praises his wife Sonja (Diane Keaton) for her faithfulness — and the room erupts with uncomfortable fumfering, coughing, and the rattling of teacups.
Yes folks, it's subpoena time in Washington, and to these nostrils it smells as sweet as cherry blossoms.
But those who live in glass houses...
You know, the president could solve a lot of this problem if he wouldn't hide behind executive privilege, if he'd just come out and tell the American people the truth.
— Tony Snow re: Bill Clinton (1998)
... are busy constructing stonewalls:
...the White House and its allies have put up a fight, arguing that presidential advisers have historically not testified in front of Congress:White House Press Secretary Tony Snow: Well, as you know, Ed, it has been traditional in all White Houses not to have staffers testify on Capitol Hill. (3/13/07)
White House Counselor Dan Bartlett: I find it highly unlikely that a member of the White House staff would testify publicly to these matters. (3/13/07)
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH): No, I think you’re violating a precedent there that should not be violated.... I believe that under the separation of powers, there are limits to the extent to which Congress can subpoena or demand testimony from those who were closest to the president. (3/15/07)
But in reality, there is no such precedent. According to the Congressional Research Service, under President Clinton, 31 of his top aides testified on 47 different occasions. The aides who testified included some of Clinton’s closest advisors....
In contrast, between 2000 and 2004, Bush allowed only one of his closest advisers, then-Assistant to the President for Homeland Security Tom Ridge, to appear in front of Congress. He has also refused three invitations from Congress for his aides to testify, a first since President Richard Nixon in 1972. Clinton did not refuse any.
In the world of IOKIYAR journalism, you can be sure that no one but us dirty hippies will say "It was open season on Clinton for a blowjob, and these guys want executive privilege over politicizing the justice system, illegal wiretapping, and lying us into war!? What the fucking fuckity-fuck?"
C'mon Brit Hume, at long last have you no sense of what-the-fucking-fuckity-fuck? No, I didn't think so.