When the boss of bosses speaks

(Same topic as Liss’ post, but without the nice stationery.)

If George Bush could order anyone to defy a Congressional subpeona, it would of course be Harriet Miers, whose unabashed idolatry of the president is well-established. Even given that, the defiance of Miers – who isn’t even on the Bush payroll anymore – is still quite remarkable. It’s one thing to plead privilege, but quite another to refuse to even show up. I always shake my head when I hear people use the term “Bush Crime Family,” but it certainly seems to apply here. I haven’t seen a better example of the code of omerta outside of a Scorsese gangster movie.

The committee is practically obligated to respond harshly. One hopes her attorney has uttered the phrase “contempt of Congress” to Miers once or twice.

Indeed, the response to Miers’ mouthpiece from Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and Subcommittee Chairwoman Linda Sánchez:

A refusal to appear before the Subcommittee tomorrow could subject Ms. Miers to contempt proceedings, including but not limited to proceedings under 2 U.S.C. § 194 and under the inherent contempt authority of the House of Representatives.

We are prepared at the hearing tomorrow to consider and rule on any specific assertions of privilege in response to specific questions. We strongly urge you to reconsider, and to advise your client to appear before the Subcommittee tomorrow pursuant to her legal obligations. The Subcommittee will convene as scheduled and expects Ms. Miers to appear as required by her subpoena.

What Miers needs is a good mob lawyer.

(Cross-posted.)

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10 responses to “When the boss of bosses speaks

  1. j swift

    It fits very well.

    Scooter is a soldier and did the bidding of the boss. He is now a made-man, he did his hit job, he got caught, he lied and covered up and has been protected.

    Sara what’s her name the aide let it slip in the Freudian manner today that she took an oath to Bush. It does not appear that it entered her mind that her loyalty to a fallible man should not take precedence over that oath she took to protect the Constitution. Worse yet, she put her foot in her mouth in front of an oversight committee.

    Party over the Constitution, loyalty to a man over loyalty to your country, personal loyalty over the rule of law.

    Such a fine moral example.

  2. merciless

    A reader at TPM says that Bush’s ordering of Harriet not to testify is, in fact, a felony.

    But will Conyers DO anything about it? It’s time for the Sergeant-At-Arms to arrest her, but I’m not holding my breath.

  3. Why does it matter? She gets found in contempt of court and Bush just pardons her anyway.

  4. Paul the Spud

    I love how the Bushies have such contempt for the law, but apparently the one thing they’re afraid of doing is lying under oath.

  5. oddjob

    I’m sure Nightshift 66 or another attorney will correct me if I’m mistaken, but to the best of my recollection I don’t believe in these circumstances an assertion of executive privelege can exempt Miers from appearing. It may or may not be that it can exempt her from testifying, but I don’t believe it can exempt her from the obligation to appear before the committee.

  6. Susan

    I was wondering the same thing, oddjob. Exactly how does this work? Does she really have executive privilege? If she doesn’t work for Dumbya anymore, how can he order her not to testify?

  7. Can’t you guys se what this is? She’s gonna defy congress and if she takes a hit Deacon Dipshit knows they are serious. If not, it’s the old finger once again. Slam her ass in the can the minute she doesn’t walk through the door. Then see if he bails her out. Testicles lads. That’s what’s needed.

  8. sundry

    I’m not sure if Bush can pardon her or “commute her sentence” until she’s convicted and sentenced. If that’s right, she can sit in jail for a long time, (like Judy Miller) on contempt charges, yes?

    Or I might be completely underestimating the power of the executive. Obviously, I have been doing a lot of that lo these past 6 years.

  9. You hit it on the head, of course. I suspect 10 doctoral theses will appear in the next 15 years showing the public acceptance of George Bush as linked with, caused by or correlated to our collective affection for fun-guy killer, liar and philanderer Tony Soprano.

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