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Harriet Miers, Josh Bolten, Karl Rove

Bush aides: Harriet Miers, Josh Bolten, Karl Rove

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.

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6 thoughts on “Judge Rules Against Presidential Aides as Being Off Limits to Congress

  1. Hell…if White House aides have to answer to being subpoenaed, I suggest Congress make a list right now.

  2. Maybe the Courts are coming to their sense of duty, at last. This has been executive overreach from the very beginning and they should have been smacked down months ago.

    BTW, is that an old photo of Harriet Miers. She looked a lot older than that when Bush had the wild hare to put her on the Supreme Court.

  3. At least it is not going to be Charlie Crist from Florida! Recent internet Bloging is pointing that the Democrats may force him out of the closet! I dont believe this guy has goten as far as he has Hiding This? He is getting Married now to try and hide it! But lets NOT FORGET Mark Foley? IS Mark Foley his Lover? They used to spend so much time together how could they not be??? No one has denied it YET??? More Needs to be found out on this before the convention!!!

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