Within the coming weeks, the House is expected to consider contempt resolutions against former White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers. Asserting executive privilege, President Bush ordered his aides to ignore congressional subpoenas seeking information on the U.S. attorneys firing scandal. Tell Congress to hold the administration accountable!
The more the White House hides, obstructs, and obfuscates the truth about the U.S. attorney scandal, the clearer it is that Congress must take a stand for constitutional checks and balances and the principle that in America no one, not even the president, is above the law. Will you sign the petition calling on your Members of Congress to reject the president's bogus claims of executive privilege? Congress has the constitutional power to hold this president accountable, and it's time to use it!
- U.S. House of Representatives
When the White House claims “executive privilege” and orders current and former aides like Josh Bolten and Harriet Miers to snub congressional subpoenas for testimony or documents, it is assaulting the basic American principles of the rule of law. Checks and balances may have taken a vacation for the first six years of the Bush Administration, but this Congress must assert its constitutional authority to hold the executive branch accountable. Congress must stand up against this administration’s attempt to write all the rules to an imperial game only it can win.
I urge you to reject the Bush Administration's sweeping claims of executive privilege and to take whatever steps are necessary to enforce these subpoenas, including supporting a resolution holding White House officials who have ignored subpoenas in contempt.
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