It seems that the Bush administration is going to have its date with destiny after all. The Democratic leadership in the Senate, joined by John Sununu and other Republican defectors are calling for Alberto Gonzalez’s head for his deliberate lying to Congress when he testified last week about the politically motivated firing of Federal attorneys. Of course Gonzalez’s head isn’t really the best one for the chopping block, the best head which could be severed here is attached to the corpulent body of Bush’s wonder boy Karl Rove, who orchestrated the firings as part of his slash and burn political strategy. I think Gonzalez is a toast; a very positive development for the Constitution, but as usual the real criminals in the administration have thus far eluded punishment for their sins.
The difference this time is that Congress has begun to remember that they have the authority to issue subpoenas to force a recaltricent administration to explain its actions. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee pat Leahy said that he wants answers. To that end the committee today authorized issuing subpoenas to five Justice Department officials in the investigation into the dismissals of eight U.S. attorneys. Unfortunately Leahy postponed a vote on the authorization to use subpoenas to compel White House officials to testify, including President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, and former White House counsel Harriet Miers.
Please, oh please get Rove under oath in Congress; that would be high political theatre. The Country can finally see in the flesh the deranged puppet master who has been pulling Bush’s strings for the last seven years. The million dollar question is whether the administration would fight the subpoenas. I suspect that they would. At this point they have nothing to gain by testifying under oath before a hostile Congress and contempt for Congress’s subpoena power fits rather nicely into their view of the limitless boundaries of executive power. This may yet blow up into a full-on Constitutional crisis. We’ll all have to stay tuned…
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