Thursday, February 14, 2008

House votes to enforce criminal contempt citations against Bush Administration staffers

Republicans House members use the non-issue of FISA to try and obfuscate vote and avoid accountability. This is a non-issue because Bush has abused FISA and illegally spied on Americans using telecoms without warrants. He doesn't need FISA. Besides, there is still time before FISA expires on Sat. for the House to consider the FISA bill. Republicans, as usual try to use terrorism as a tool to assert an agenda that seeks to avoid accountability and demonize Democrats.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is moving toward a vote to hold two of President Bush's confidants in contempt for failing to cooperate with an inquiry into whether federal prosecutors were ousted for political reasons.

The citations charge Miers with failing to testify and accuse both her and Bolten of refusing Congress' demands for documents in the investigation.

The White House said the Justice Department would not ask the U.S. attorney to pursue the congressional charges. The administration has said the information is off-limits under executive privilege, and argues that Bolten and Miers are immune from prosecution.

Still, the resolution would allow the House to bring its own lawsuit on the matter.

These claims of executive privilege to avoid accountability are an abuse of power. All this is, is a request for documents. If they have done nothing wrong, why stonewall? It's time to force this criminal administration out of hiding and into compliance.

It is time for accountability says the NYT.

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