It’s Official: Bush Administration Says It’s Above the Law
Raise a hand if you’re surprised, the Bush administration says Congress – in their Constitutional role as one of the “checks” on the executive branch – has no right to subpoena it for information about illegal activity or get testimony from staff members. Basically, as our friends across the pond so eloquently put it, bugger off.
Which is what we’ve all come to expect from this administration and from this President, isn’t it? A failure who on the way out the door just can’t help but thumb his nose one more time at the people who elected him.
President Bush, moving toward a constitutional showdown with Congress, asserted executive privilege Thursday and rejected lawmakers’ demands for documents that could shed light on the firings of federal prosecutors.
Bush’s attorney told Congress the White House would not turn over subpoenaed documents for former presidential counsel Harriet Miers and former political director Sara Taylor. AP
It’s the height of hubris and just plain wrong when any elected official thinks the rule of law no longer applies to them.