A U.S. District Judge may have saved Congressional teeth as he ruled the President’s top advisers are not immune from congressional subpoenas. The ruling slaps down Bush’s claim that his advisers are immuned from even a Congressional appearance.
Judge John Bates states there is no legal basis for that argument that aides can simply ignore subpoenas. At minimum they must honor the subpoena and invoke executive privilege before Congress. Furthermore, all non-privileged documents must be turned over.
The House Judiciary Committee had tried to question the president’s chief of staff, Josh Bolten, and former legal counsel Harriet Miers, about the firing of nine U.S. attorneys.
This doesn’t look good for Karl Rove who followed the example of Miers and Bolten by failing to appear at a House Judiciary hearing.