Carol Platt Liebau: An Exercise in Futility

Thursday, July 05, 2007

An Exercise in Futility

Wonder why Congress' approval ratings are so very low?

Well, take a look at this. Democratic Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, intends to investigate the presidential pardon power -- not just as exercised by President Bush, but also by Presidents Clinton, Bush I and, as he charmingly puts it, "as far as they want."

Note that the presidential pardon power is constitutionally guaranteed, and there's little that Congress could do about it (even through formal legislation), whether the pardoner is President GW Bush and the pardonee is Scooter Libby, or the pardoner is Bill Clinton and the pardonee is Marc Rich.

So what we're talking about with the Conyers investigations is nothing but a humongous waste of time.

Perhaps Conyers is trying to drive that 19% congressional approval rate down to 10%.


Blogger The Flomblog said...

Carol, I'm not a lawyer, but didn't the Andrew Johnson impeachment clear this one up? This is a seri0ous question

7:33 PM  

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