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AP:

Pelosi, D-Calif., demanded that the department pursue misdemeanor charges against former White House counsel Harriet Miers for refusing to testify to Congress about the firings of federal prosecutors in 2006 and against chief of staff Josh Bolten for failing to turn over White House documents related to the dismissals.

She gave Attorney General Michael Mukasey one week to respond and said refusal to take the matter to a grand jury will result in the House's filing a civil lawsuit against the Bush administration.

This is the true fact that interest me:

It was the first time in 25 years that a full chamber of Congress voted on a contempt of Congress citation. The White House pointed out that it was the first time that such action had been taken against top White House officials who had been instructed by the president to remain silent to preserve executive privilege.

Except, though, as the story shows, Bush made no formal claim of executive privilege to Congress, no doubt because that might undermine the extremely Constitutional Theory Of We Get To DO Whatever The Fuck We Want under which Bush operates.

So Bush can "instruct" all he wants, because it doesn't mean shit, or doesn't mean even less shit than is usual with these people.

Well done, Nancy. A year late and a trillion dollars short, but better late than never.

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Voodoo Chile's picture
Submitted by Voodoo Chile on

I'll bet you that Pelosi caves in less than 1 week after her deadline. Any takers?

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Submitted by bringiton on

I wish to point out that she has been trying to get the contempt resolution pushed through but there were not enough votes:

"’I think we still have to establish what the law is,’ said Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.), who has helped lobby rural and moderate Democrats for five months to support the contempt motions”[emphasis mine]

As it was, Pelosi was only able to round up 220 Democrats to cover the 216 votes she needed for the measure to carry.

It isn’t Pelosi’s fault that the BlueDog/BushBitch coalition won’t do as she asks; blame them for the delay on this vote, and for the votes that sustain the war. Pelosi is Speaker, not Dictator.