From AMERICAblog today:Harriet Miers is in INHERENT CONTEMPT of Congress…Fri Jul 20, 2007 15:35
From AMERICAblog today:
Harriet Miers is in INHERENT CONTEMPT of Congress…
Would you like to see Harriet Miers, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove being led to jail by the Capitol Hill Police and the House’s Sargeant at Arms? Would Friday be good for you?
Two Words: INHERENT CONTEMPT
Inherent Contempt is a little used, little known tool that the House or Senate can use. It requries only a majority…which we should easily have in the House. Under the inherent contempt power, the individual is brought before the House or Senate by the Sergeant-at-Arms, tried at the bar of the body, and can be IMPRISONED. The purpose of the imprisonment may be punitive or coercive, and can be indefinite. The Inherent Contempt power is recognized by the Supreme Court as Constitutional.
Regular Contempt charges simply won’t work. The U.S. attorney is in Bush’s pocket. Most likely he won’t pursue it.
You need to BOMBARD Pelosi and Conyers and tell them to pursue the new “I” word = Inherent Contempt.
This may be our last and final attempt at justice.
Harriet Miers needs to be first. She refuses to even appear to testify today! This is UN-acceptable. Lets try Inherent Contempt on her first. Lets watch her cry as they Capitol Police haul her ass to jail. Let Cheney and Rove watch knowing they’re next.
CALL CALL CALL:
Nancy Pelosi: 1-202-225-0100
Harry Reid: 1-202-224-3542
John Conyers: 1-202-225-5126
Larry from C | 07.12.07 - 10:41 am | #
LET’S MAKE SOME EFFING CALLS TODAY, PEOPLE!!!! “Inherent Contempt” is the key word to use when speaking to any of the 3 representatives above!
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Miers Says She Won't Comply With Committee's Subpoena (Update3)
By James Rowley
July 17 (Bloomberg) -- Ex-White House Counsel Harriet Miers reiterated her refusal to answer lawmakers' questions about U.S. attorney firings, a decision that will likely trigger a contempt citation and escalate the legal dispute between Congress and the president.
Her action moves the Democratic-controlled Congress and President George W. Bush closer to a constitutional confrontation over the president's assertion of executive privilege to prevent his aides from being questioned under oath. Miers's lawyer, George T. Manning, informed the House Judiciary Committee by letter today that she will not obey its subpoena.
Miers's ``failure to comply with our subpoena is a serious affront to this committee and our constitutional system of checks and balances,'' House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers said in a statement. ``We are carefully planning our next steps.''
The committee also warned the White House that Bush's chief of staff, Joshua Bolten, may be cited for contempt of Congress for not turning over documents subpoenaed by the panel.
The Judiciary panel had given Miers until 5 p.m. Washington time today to say whether she would appear and answer questions about her role in the dismissal of the eight prosecutors last year. Under Bush's instructions, Miers did not comply with subpoena to answer questions from the Judiciary panel's commercial law subcommittee on July 12.
Warning to Miers
Conyers has warned Miers that continued defiance put her at risk of being held in contempt and prosecuted for a criminal misdemeanor. The law provides that such a citation would be turned over to U.S. attorney in Washington, a Bush appointee, to pursue any prosecution.
Congress is trying to determine whether Miers and Karl Rove, Bush's top political adviser, orchestrated the dismissals for improper partisan reasons, such as to spur investigations of Democrats for voter fraud. Republican Party officials had complained that two of the fired U.S. attorneys weren't aggressively pursuing voter fraud.
In his letter to Conyers, Manning said Miers couldn't be held in contempt of Congress because the ``statute requires that Ms. Miers act `willfully''' and that ``the invocation of executive privileges and immunities by the president in response to the subpoena to Ms. Miers forecloses such intent.''
Manning said the subpoena deals with Miers's official duties as a presidential adviser, not any actions she took as a private citizen. ``Therefore, like this entire dispute, this issue is between the executive and legislative branches,'' the lawyer wrote.
A criminal contempt citation, which would have to be approved by a vote of the full House, would set the stage for a court battle over Bush's claim of executive privilege that could last through the final 18 months of his presidency.
``It will take forever'' to resolve, said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia, who said both sides have something to lose. Democrats might seem to be on a ``fishing expedition'' and the Bush administration runs a risk of appearing to have ``something to hide,'' he said.
The House Judiciary Committee has also subpoenaed documents written by White House officials on government and Republican National Committee e-mail accounts. The House panel last week issued a separate subpoena to the Republican Party for e-mails that pertain to the firings. Bush has said executive privilege shields those documents as well.
Prosecutions of Democrats
Conyers and three other Judiciary Committee members also are seeking communications between the White House and the Justice Department to determine whether three prosecutions of Democratic officials were politically motivated.
The commercial-law subcommittee scheduled a July 19 hearing on the validity of Bush's executive-privilege assertions over the subpoenaed documents.
Conyers and Linda Sanchez, the California Democrat who chairs the subcommittee, warned White House Counsel Fred Fielding in a letter that if Bush's privilege claims are found invalid ``you should be aware that the refusal to produce the documents'' sought in the subpoena ``could subject Mr. Bolten to contempt proceedings.''
White House spokesman Tony Fratto said the administration's position ``is well grounded in the Constitution and separation of powers. It is essential that the president's advisers are able to communicate openly and candidly without fear that they themselves or their communications can be hauled before Congress.''
In a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Conyers and other lawmakers inquired about the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. He has accused the Justice Department of taking him to trial on bribery charges because he is a Democrat. Siegelman was convicted of accepting a $500,000 bribe in the form of campaign contributions from HealthSouth Corp. founder Richard Scrushy.
The lawmakers also are inquiring about Democratic officeholders in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. A federal appeals court in Chicago overturned the corruption conviction of the Wisconsin state government employee, saying the evidence was ``beyond thin.''
The investigation into the U.S. attorney firings ``has raised serious concerns'' that the Justice Department was not enforcing the criminal statutes ``on a non-partisan basis without fear or favor,'' the letter to Gonzales said.
To contact the reporter on this story: James Rowley in Washington at email@example.com
Last Updated: July 17, 2007 18:47 EDT
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