Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Rove, Bolten, Miers–Even Todd Palin–Refuse To Testify

Regarding the photo above: I can dream, can't I?

The House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Karl Rove in contempt in July for refusing to testify about the United States attorneys scandal. That affair involved the firing of eight Justice Department attorneys for politically motivated reasons, when the department was under the control of former attorney general Alberto Gonzalez.

Full Committee Chairman John Conyers said, "Mr. Rove has refused even to appear before the Committee and assert whatever privileges that he believes may apply to his testimony, relying on excessively broad and legally insufficient claims of 'absolute immunity' - never recognized by any court - in declining to appear."

Mr. Rove isn't the only current or former Bush administration operative to have made this refusal. Joshua Bolten, White House Chief of Staff, and Harriet Miers, former White House counsel, have also refused to cooperate with Congressional subpoenas on the matter. The House held them in contempt last July and is fighting a legal battle to force them to testify.

The refusal of all three to cooperate is in line with an administration whose contempt for the law and the Constitution is well established, from the president's unprecedented use of signing statements to the employment of warrantless wiretaps (conveniently made legal in retrospect) to the attempt to deny habeas corpus rights and more.

Not to be outdone, even Todd Palin has defied a subpoena calling on him to testify before the Alaska Legislature in the case involving whether his wife, Governor Sarah Palin, fired Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan in July because of his refusal to fire state trooper Mike Wooten. Wooten went through a nasty divorce with Sarah Palin's sister.

Democratic Senator Bill Wielechowski of Anchorage said that the McCain campaign "is doing everything they can to delay" the investigation.

The Anchorage Daily News reported on September 18th, "McCain-Palin presidential campaign spokesman Ed O'Callaghan announced today that Todd Palin would not appear, because he no longer believes the Legislature's investigation is legitimate."

Suppose you or I refused to testify in a court of law due to the "belief" that the proceedings are illegitimate?

Todd Palin apparently has the support of the McCain-Palin campaign. They're right in line with the Bush administration's contempt for the law. More evidence of the determination of these two "mavericks" to clean up Washington.

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