Historic Congressional lawsuit

While the rest of the country watched the news about a certain lawyer who allegedly did certain things in a certain Washington, DC hotel room, a panel of House lawmakers filed a lawsuit in an effort to force White House chief is staff Joshua Bolten and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers to talk about their role in the firings of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006.

In case you missed it, yesterday’s move by the House Judiciary Committee was historic – it marked the first time the House or Senate sued members of the Executive Branch.

The move came after the House voted contempt charges against Bolten and Miers, but Attorney General Michael Mukasey refused to refer the matter to a federal grand jury.

After the filing, committee chairman Rep. John Conyers, Jr., said in a statement: “We will not allow the administration to steamroll Congress. The administration’s extreme claims to be immune from the oversight process are at odds with our constitutional principles on which this country was founded, and I am confident the federal courts will agree.”

The White House has maintained that Bolten and Miers are shielded by executive privilege.


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