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White House: DoJ Won't Be Allowed To Prosecute White House Officials Charged With Contempt

Via The Washington Post: Bush administration officials unveiled a bold new assertion of executive authority yesterday in the dispute over the firing

Via The Washington Post:

Bush administration officials unveiled a bold new assertion of executive authority yesterday in the dispute over the firing of nine U.S. attorneys, saying that the Justice Department will never be allowed to pursue contempt charges initiated by Congress against White House officials once the president has invoked executive privilege.

The position presents serious legal and political obstacles for congressional Democrats, who have begun laying the groundwork for contempt proceedings against current and former White House officials in order to pry loose information about the dismissals.

Under federal law, a statutory contempt citation by the House or Senate must be submitted to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, "whose duty it shall be to bring the matter before the grand jury for its action." Read more...

This should come as a shock to no one. King George is once again over reaching and claiming powers he does not have. Write your House Representatives and let them know how you feel. Inherent Contempt is the only option left for Rep. Conyers, tell your rep that you want to see Harriet Miers held to account for her unlawful behavior. Remember, be nice...

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