Ready to Rumble

A Senate panel probing the firing of eight U.S. attorneys joined a House subcommittee in authorizing subpoenas to compel testimony by Karl Rove, President George W. Bush’s top political adviser, and other White House officials.

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As I understand it, the subpoenas are issued; the White House refuses them; the Congress issues a contempt citation; the case goes to D.C. appellate court; the loser appeals to the Supreme Court.
The Bush is claiming this is all unprecedented! Umm, no, it’s not. In fact during his lost-to-memory years the GOP issued “1,052 subpoenas targeting Democratic Party or Clinton administration officials.”
Henry Waxman wrote a letter on Wednesday which “describes cooperation by subpoenaed Clinton administration officials serving in the same capacity as former White House council Harriet Miers and Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, two of the Bush administration officials currently in the Democrats’ sights. According to the report, “141 individuals who worked in the Clinton administration, including top advisers to the president, spent 568 hours in deposition before the [Oversight] committee staff.” This included three White House chiefs of staff and four counsels to the president, along with other top administration officials.

Precedent Indeed

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