It has been nearly two years since Congress first began asking questions about the firing of nine United States attorneys, who appear to have been removed for partisan political reasons. Mr. Rove may have been directly involved in these possibly illegal firings, but he has not told Congress what he knows. In defiance of a legally binding subpoena, he refused this summer to appear before the House Judiciary Committee.Of course, with all the philandering and fornication George Bush's Administration is doing with our economy, it's easy to get distracted.
There are real victims in this scandal. Don Siegelman, the former governor of Alabama, was sentenced to seven years in prison as a result of a prosecution that appears to have been politically motivated. Mr. Siegelman is free pending an appeal, but he has already served part of the sentence and could end up returning to prison.Hmmm, a Governor in Alabama perhaps getting tossed in jail for political reason? Wonder why the W is interested in not letting this cat out of the bag?
A Federal District Court judge appointed by President Bush ordered them to comply with the subpoenas, but the administration appealed the ruling. Attorney General Michael Mukasey is also doing his best to block Congress from getting the testimony it is entitled to. Clearly, the administration’s goal is to run out the clock, to get out of town before the subpoenas are enforced.We know this to be the modus operandi based on nearly 8 years expience with the GOP in charge of our Whitehouse.
There are many vital principles at stake, but none is more important than the power of Congress itself. In this era of expanding presidential authority, Congress is a critical check on executive branch abuses. It cannot perform this function if it allows members of the executive branch to flout its subpoenas and its oversight.But we know George W. Bush is very good at one thing - well, okay two things - Ignoring the facts and action based on his perception of reality, and 2) flouting the authority of congress.
Don't hold your breath for anything to come of this.