House Judiciary Committee Votes To Recommend Contempt Charges Against Miers, Bolten

The vote went down by (surprise, surprise!) party lines...

The Gavel:

(T)he Judiciary Committee (held) a "Meeting to Consider: a Resolution and Report Recommending to the House of Representatives that Former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten be Cited for Contempt of Congress." Yesterday the Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers prepared a 52-page memo "that for the first time alleges specific ways that several administration officials may have broken the law during the multiple firings of U.S. attorneys."

Here is Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA29) urging the committee to vote for contempt:

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It would be one thing if the Administration witnesses came before this body and said on a particularlized basis that ‘I can't answer this question' or ‘I can't submit this document' because of a claim of Executive Privilege backed up by a letter from the President. That would be one thing. It would be another thing if a witnesses came into this committee room and said ‘I refuse to answer any question, I refuse to provide any document' with a claim of Executive Privilege. But it is yet even another thing for the Administration to take this position that with respect to a former Administration official: ‘I won't even come into the Congress, I won't even show up. I have that much contempt for the institution of Congress, I won't even come.' The audacity of that takes your breath away.


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