Isn’t this fancy!
Sara Taylor, the former White House political director, has agreed to answer some questions as a “willing and cooperative private citizen,” during testimony about the United States attorney firings last year when she appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee later today.
Gee, it’s so generous of the administration to comply with the law for a change!
Oops, I mean give the appearance of complying with the law…
But, as a former presidential adviser, she will also honor the president’s invocation of executive privilege to keep quiet about “White House consideration, deliberations, or communications, whether internal or external, relating to the possible dismissal or appointment of United States attorneys,” according to a written copy of her opening statement provided by her lawyer’s office. Those parameters were set forth in a letter to Ms. Taylor’s attorney, W. Neil Eggleston, from the White House counsel, Fred F. Fielding.
Ms. Taylor acknowledges in the statement that differences may emerge about what falls under Mr. Fielding’s parameters and that, “This may be frustrating to you and me.”
Aww, poor fing. She wants to tell the truth, but the President won’t let her!
In her statement Ms. Taylor portrays herself as caught in the middle of a Constitutional clash between congressional committees seeking answers in the attorney firings and the president, who is accusing them of interfering with his right to private counsel.
Yep, uh-huh. And someone clever enough to be a presidential aide just can’t discern what the legal (and ethical) thing to do here is. She’ll just have to let the Big Boys sort it out, because a silly little girl like her can’t possibly be expected to know what to do.
In her written testimony Ms. Taylor said she would not take it upon herself to disobey the president’s request during today’s hearing but said she would defer to the courts if it came to that in the future.
“While I may be unable to answer certain questions today,” Ms. Taylor’s opening statement reads, “I will answer those questions if the courts rule that this Committee’s need for the information outweighs the president’s assertion of executive privilege.”
Cue a thousand hand-wringing dipshits to scream “Activist judges!” if they do.