Bush Administration Uses “Executive Privilege” to Break Laws, Avoid Attourney Subpoenas

On Thursday, President Bush decided to use the gestapo-esque “executive privilege”, used occasionally by presidents past, refusing to submit documents subpoenaed for the case of the fired U.S. attorneys. He has also refused to permit testimony by two former senior White House aids.His stance is this: “. . . for the President to perform his constitutional duties, it is imperative that he receive candid and unfettered advice” from top aides.” Who would be “reluctant to communicate openly and honestly” if they actually had to be held accountable for suggesting to break the law, deceive the people, and manipulate power.

So what our President is saying is that he knows that firing 9 U.S. attorneys because they weren’t “loyal Bushies” was an illegal use of power, but he’s using his “supreme executive power” to stop the investigation so that he can’t actually be held accountable for breaking the law for his own party’s interests. Bush’s mafia’s response is that this whole thing is an unfair media circus, designed to make them look bad and take the focus off of real issues. This, unfortunately, is a poor and empty explanation. Back in the real world, the highest parts of our administration chose to fire 9 members of the Judicial branch of our government because they were actually doing their job from a non-partisan perspective rather than illegally altering evidence and ignoring wrongdoing. That certainly does not seem like a witch hunt, it appears to be a clear and illegal abuse of power.

“Executive Privilege” should not be a way for our President and his advisers to act illegally, against the interests of the people. Our government needs to be held accountable for their actions and if they cannot defend them, they need to be removed from office. There are already dozens of reasons to impeach Cheney and Bush – lying about 9/11, lying about WMDs in Iraq, lying about Iraq, manipulating EPA data, giving away billions of dollars in unnecessarily costly contracts, literally losing billions of dollars in “rebuilding costs”, manipulating scientific data on global warming, exposing Valerie Plame in retribution for her husband’s report on them lying about WMDs, and the list goes on. I can’t believe that they have the gall to call this a “Democratic witch hunt” when their own party’s witch hunt of President Clinton could only come up with a blowjob to impeach him.

Everyone please look into these claims for yourself and once you’re firmly convinced of their validity, write your congresspeople and call for the impeachment of Dick Cheney, followed by George Bush. We cannot stand for this manipulation of power.  Here’s a starter letter.
via The Washington Post

Official Articles of Impeachment for Cheney (pdf) introduced April 24th, 2007
Supporting docs on Dennis Kucinich’s site

One Response to “Bush Administration Uses “Executive Privilege” to Break Laws, Avoid Attourney Subpoenas”

  1. […] of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez’s role in the firings of U.S. Attorneys last year. Bush has already invoked his supreme executive power in this same case to prevent other aides from t…, and is continuing to do his best to cover up his office’s political wrongdoing and thwart […]

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