Your calls for accountability are being heardFri Aug 24, 2007 18:21
The more the White House hides, obstructs, and obfuscates the truth about the U.S. Attorney scandal, the clearer it is that Congress must take a stand for constitutional checks and balances and the principle that in America no one, not even the president, is above the law. Will you sign the petition calling on your Members of Congress to reject the president's bogus claims of executive privilege? Congress has the constitutional power to hold this president accountable, and it's time to use it!
Dear Member of Congress,
When the White House claims “executive privilege” and orders current and former aides like Josh Bolten and Harriet Miers to snub congressional subpoenas for testimony or documents, it is assaulting the basic American principles of the rule of law. Checks and balances may have taken a vacation for the first six years of the Bush Administration, but this Congress must assert its constitutional authority to hold the executive branch accountable. Congress must stand up against this administration’s attempt to write all the rules to an imperial game only it can win.
I urge you to reject the Bush Administration's sweeping claims of executive privilege and to take whatever steps are necessary to enforce these subpoenas, including supporting a resolution holding White House officials who have ignored subpoenas in contempt.
The contempt of Congress vote is of grave importance to this nation. No one should stand idly by while this administration continues to operate above the law." – Rep. John Conyers, Chairman, House Judiciary Committee*
Your calls for accountability are being heard by key members of Congress.
Over the next several weeks, we'll be asking you to help keep grassroots pressure on Congress to move forward contempt proceedings against administration officials who haven’t complied with congressional subpoenas.
A clear message must be sent that the Bush administration can no longer run roughshod over our constitutional system of checks and balances.
If you have not signed People For's petition calling on Congress to "Hold Them in Contempt," please do so now. If you have, please make it your personal mission to get five friends to sign.
Who is "them?" Since we are focusing on people who have tried to sidestep subpoenas from both the House and Senate, so far, "them" is:
* Former White House Counsel Harriet Miers
* White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten
* Karl Rove, the president’s chief political adviser
And this list could grow to include aides to Vice President Cheney and others.
All of these officials have used erroneous claims of "executive privilege" to withhold testimony, documents or other information from Congress in the ongoing investigation into the U.S. attorney purge. The House Judiciary Committee has already ruled Miers' and Bolten's claims to be invalid and Chairman Conyers will be seeking a vote by the full House shortly after Congress returns in September. That's why we're asking for your help now.
The Bush administration has shown nothing but contempt for checks and balances, so it's only fitting that Congress hold administration officials in contempt for their flagrant noncompliance with congressional subpoenas.
Are you on board?
If you're already on board, recruit your friends and ask them to join the petition. In the coming weeks, we'll be coordinating with our allies on the Hill and several other partner organizations to create a massive groundswell in support of contempt citations.
Thank you for being part of this critical first wave.
-- Your Allies at People For the American Way
* P.S. Here's Rep. Conyers' full statement:
Congress will soon vote on contempt of Congress citations for White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers. This vote is a pivotal point in history as the House of Representatives asserts its constitutional duty to provide executive branch oversight. This extraordinary step is necessary following the refusal of the White House to comply with subpoenas issued in the U.S. Attorney investigation. The contempt of Congress vote is of grave importance to this nation. No one should stand idly by while this administration continues to operate above the law.
P.P.S. Earlier this week, Senator Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also threatened contempt proceedings against administration officials for not providing documents and testimony in compliance with subpoenas.
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