I’ve been a bit slow on the uptake lately, so somebody ‘splain it to me, Lucy.
House Republicans today walked out of the chamber en masse to protest the Democratic leaders’ refusal to revisit an update of the nation’s domestic wiretapping rules before the current law expires at midnight tomorrow.
Minority Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio led the walkout, saying Democrats were playing political games by calling a vote on contempt charges against White House chief of staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers in the 2006 firing of U.S. attorneys.
While I may not agree with wiretapping in general, I can certainly understand the gesture of the Republicans’ solidarity, and their attempt to emphasize how important the law is to them.
However. However. . .
Americans had to sit back and listen interminably to stories about Bill Clinton’s personal and private proclivities–in detail–thanks to a special prosecutor appointed by Congress who examined everything but the (then-current) President’s belly-button lint. So would someone kindly please explain to me how that Congress could MAKE the President testify about that shit under oath, but the current Congress seems to have the authority of last year’s toenail clippings?
The White House says the roles of Mr. Bolten and Ms. Miers in the attorney firings are protected under executive privilege. Democrats disagree, sayings the president is constitutionally bound to allow the two to testify as party of a Congressional inquiry.
The White House said the Justice Department will not ask the U.S. Attorney to pursue the House contempt charge.
And if it was that simple, why the hell did Bill Clinton comply in the first place?
Someone had damned well better be taking notes.