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Jun 27, 2007 by HOLLY IN CINCINNATI, Copy Editor
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press: White House, Cheney’s office, subpoenaed
WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney’s office Wednesday for documents relating to President Bush’s warrant-free eavesdropping program.
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I’m guessing he’ll invoke non-executive priviledge and refuse to appear.
no, he’ll just say that he is not part of any branch that falls under the jurisdiction of any committee, judge, court or subpoena.
The first thing I thought of is that even though Karl Rove isn’t involved, these subpoenas (subpoenae, subpoenata) still elicited cheers from K. Ritter and Company.
Cheney is obviously part of the executive branch and the more he plays these games, the more likely it is we’ll be saying “President Clinton” in 2009. Ugh.
DLS- I think the VP should be cast in a starring role for “The Untouchables”, because he has basically used whatever power he could garner to immunize himself from the law, the Congress and the Constitution.
So, this may pass for summer entertainment in Washington, but I doubt the controversy will cause ol’ Tricky Dick any sleepless nights any more than his extralegal behavior has! I’ll give him this much he has used his many years in Washington to finesse skirting the law without risking the consequences.
I think the VP should be cast in a starring role for â€œThe Untouchablesâ€,
Al Capone or Frank Nitti?
because he has basically used whatever power he could garner to immunize himself from the law, the Congress and the Constitution.
I believe he’s merely bought time. Interestingly, I don’t think so much it’s a legalistic game such as is played by trial lawyers and corporate legal staffs. I believe any legal arguments are merely one means to an end, and for that matter, so may be all the antagonism or confrontation — not being held to account and wanting to do whatever he and his administration (not just the staff) wants to do.
So, this may pass for summer entertainment in Washington, but I doubt the controversy will cause olâ€™ Tricky Dick any sleepless nights any more than his extralegal behavior has! Iâ€™ll give him this much he has used his many years in Washington to finesse skirting the law without risking the consequences.
He always has been competent. I guess it’s true he has been competent at the evasion of responsibility as well as, say, secrecy as well as legitimate official matters.
Hillary Clinton is very competent and I can’t wait to see how secretive and defiant she’ll be if she gets a lot of Republicans put back in Congress in 2010.
(That was not an attempt to evade the issue of Cheney’s own behavior, the subject here.)
So, are you trying to say its just a partisan witchhunt? I realize nothing Cheney’s done rises to the high crimes and misdemeanors of getting a BJ in the oval office from an intern and then lying to everyone about it or whether the Clintons used public funding to finance Socks the cat’s fan club, but . . . .
Cheney’s a smart old curmudgeon and should keep them chasing him for the last 18 months or so.
Well this is certainly politically motivated given the fact that George Tenet indicated in his book that the President kept Congress fully informed on these taps and that the program was renewed every 45 days with congressional approval.
It is precisely why when this hit the fan that the democrats were remarkably silent on the whole nsa affair. They knew they were fully informed and if Bush burned for it they might burn too. These were Democrats and Republicans and these NSA wire taps were on Terrorists with the provisio that the call must originate from a foreign country.
SO unless you are a terrorist, or are receiving calls from foreign countries and are a suspected terrorist then Im afraid the government never did find out where you stash you reefers.
There is no story here. This is only the continual investigations the Democrats promised for punishment against the Republicans for doing the same thing against Clinton. Serves the SOBS right for doing this to Clinton.
Perhaps after this round of payback our congressmen will learn a lesson.
So, are you trying to say its just a partisan witchhunt?
NO. I find what Cheney and others in the Bush administration are doing objectionable.
You described what is happening yourself:
Cheneyâ€™s a smart old curmudgeon and should keep them chasing him for the last 18 months or so.
DLS- Yes I saw today on this site that Cheney has now “reconsidered” and concluded that he is part of the executive branch after all. That makes claiming executive privilege a lot easier when those subpoenas arrive, doesn’t it?
BTW- why do you think the Republican leaders (who must be privately fuming at how bad Cheney is making their party look) have put no pressure on Bush to rein him in?
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