Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Congress Showdown

It looks like this may be it. Finally, a showdown between Congress and the White House. George W Bush, of course, wants interviews with Karl Rove and Harriet Myers with no official record, so it can't be proven later that they had lied. Congress looks like it will stand firm and demand testimony under oath. The NY Times editorialises:

The Bush administration is trying to hide behind the doctrine of “executive privilege.” That term does not appear in the Constitution; the best Mr. Bush could do yesterday was a stammering reference to the separate branches of government. When presidents have tried to invoke this privilege, the courts have been skeptical. President Richard Nixon tried to withhold the Watergate tapes, but a unanimous Supreme Court ruled against him.

For the first time in six years, this administration is being brought to account.

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