Thursday, March 22, 2007

E-mails On Attorneys’ Firings Could Impact Privilege Case

by S-Q @ 6:00 PM MDT

The Hill
March 22, 2007

As the White House prepares for a constitutional showdown over subpoenas of top administration aides to testify about the firings of U.S. attorneys, the viability of President Bush’s executive privilege argument may come down to the time-worn question: How much did the president know, and when did he know it?

Democratic sources say that investigators in Congress have taken note of a brief e-mail exchange, released by the administration Monday night, which touches on this topic. But the exchange raises more questions than it answers.

In an e-mail dated Nov. 15, 2006, Kyle Sampson, former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, asked then-White House Counsel Harriet Miers and her deputy, William Kelley, whether he had the green light to go forward with the firing plan.

Miers responded that she was “not sure whether this will be determined to require the boss’s attention.” Her e-mail ended with the words: “We will see. Thanks.”

Sampson, who resigned last week, responded with a critical question: “Who will determine whether whether [sic] this requires the President’s attention?”


Suzie-Q (S-Q) said...

During a Judiciary panel hearing yesterday, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said he is still deciding whether he will vote for the subpoenas. He cautioned that a lengthy constitutional battle over executive privilege could take two years and delay fact-finding.
I hope this doesn't take two years but what does the administration have to lose? They have everything to gain by delaying this...

Basheert said...

Fortunately they didn't and don't need his vote. Specter is simply another water carrier ... he waffles and then goes with Bushie.


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Suzie-Q (S-Q) said...

Got it Basheert!

Going to go check it out now!!

Basheert said...

Kyle Sampson has OFFERED to testify UNDER OATH next Thursday (set your TIVO to c-Span!) Seems Mr. Sampson is feeling like he's under that Repiglican bush the wheels fell off of.

Do the words "disgruntled employee" sound familiar? Not everyone is content to fall on their sword for Karl's World. The media figures he could really let fly - under oath - depending upon how mad he is at being made a scapegoat for Karl.

This could be fun!

Suzie-Q (S-Q) said...

Oh, that's great news too...Kyle Sampson offering to testify...

Here comes Justice! :)

Geezer Power said...

Well, ya's like the chicken being invitited to dinner and walking into the yard and only finding watermelon rinds...Not much to peck at. What else could be expected of a bunch of Neoconservative ideologues. Harriet Miers has been Dubyas lacky since she got him his draft deferment.



Suzie-Q (S-Q) said...

Hey Geezer!

Birds of a feather flock together, eh? Those birds are cooked! LOL