Carol Platt Liebau: What's Really Going On

Monday, July 09, 2007

What's Really Going On

This story from the AP (via Politico) details the various issues on which the White House is claiming executive privilege.

Let's understand what's going on here. Some of the demands being made by the Democratic Congress are well in excess of anything they're entitled to under separation of powers doctrine.

But like the supposed US attorneys "scandal" (where there still is not a scintilla of evidence that any US attorney was removed for improper reasons), the facts aren't really mattering to the Democrats. The real goal is to try to create the perception that the Bush Administration thinks it is "above the law" (with "the law" presumably defined by the Congress).

After all, they figure, if there's enough smoke, there needn't actually be any fire -- and if there's enough drama and finger-pointing, there needn't be any facts.


Blogger The Very Sane Woman Who Points Out the Obvious said...


It appears that some (though not all) of the terminations were done to influence investigations of individuals who are friendly to the current administration.

That's obstruction of justice. That's against the law. Just like Watergate, Congress is not only leagally capable of subpoenaing individuals and documents to investigate a crime, they are compelled by the law to do so.

2:18 PM  
Blogger stackja1945 said...

Dems believe that separation of powers doctrine means what is theirs is theirs and what is the executive's is theirs too. Unless of course it is a Dem executive. BC and HRC were allowed to do what they wanted.

7:35 PM  

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