Contempt Citations pass House Committee

The unthinkable of a year ago is quickly becoming thinkable. My newspaper’s letters section is filled with impeachment appeals.

House Democrats pass contempt citations

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – The House Judiciary Committee voted contempt of Congress citations Wednesday against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and President Bush’s former legal counselor, Harriet Miers.

The 22-17 party-line vote — which would sanction for pair for failure to comply with subpoenas on the firings of several federal prosecutors — advanced the citation to the full House.

A senior Democratic official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the House itself likely would take up the citations after Congress’ August recess. The official declined to speak on the record because no date had been set for the House vote.

Committee Chairman John Conyers said the panel had nothing to lose by advancing the citations because it could not allow presidential aides to flout Congress’ authority. Republicans warned that a contempt citation would lose in federal court even if it got that far.

And the White House accused the Democrats of engaging in political theater…

More to come.

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About Hart Williams

Mr. Williams grew up in Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. He lived in Hollywood, California for many years. He has been published in The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Santa Fe Sun, The Los Angeles Free Press, Oui Magazine, New West, and many, many more. A published novelist and a filmed screenwriter, Mr. Williams eschews the decadence of Hollywood for the simple, wholesome goodness of the plain, honest people of the land. He enjoys Luis Buñuel documentaries immensely.
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4 Responses to Contempt Citations pass House Committee

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    Hart: Remember with Nixon when the sheer weight of the revelations finally caused a tipping point. Things just snowballed after that.

    My sense is that we are not quite there yet, but it just feels like we’re very far away, either.

  2. Darrell: I remember it well. I’ve been talking privately about it all spring and into summer: Nixon was better off in March 1974 than Bush was in March 2007. And Nixon was out by August.

    History is not rational. No matter how many historians come up with how many explanations, it’s always been nonrational. But it has also always been organic.

    When the ‘red deer’ threshold (66% disapproval) was reached yesterday, I think it became only a matter of time, a countdown to the gallows, politically speaking.

    “Reasons” and “practicality” are, right now, the LEAST rational responses to what seems a tidal movement to get Bush out.

    And it’s not like Bush isn’t trying to FORCE a showdown. If Congress was blissfully unaware, the Gonzales/Subpoenas showdown is waking it up. And only after it happens will it all make sense.

    Watergate was hell to live through.

  3. Ginny Cotts says:


    With those kinds of numbers, you would think the Congressional Democrats could look at it as a win-win. The House will go for the impeachment. The Senate could vote for it – because of the # of GOP who are up for re-election in ’08. I don’t think we even need half of them.

    If those Senate Republicons don’t vote for it, hoping other GOP candidates will take their places (since they are likely to win primaries), the Dems get to go into ’08 with a solid record of trying and being obstructed.

    And the case will be made that we won’t just look the other way when someone abuses the power they are given. (Well, even those who abuse what they usurped)

  4. Alas, the D.C Dems have their heads firmly where the sun don’t shine. “Reasons” won’t work with them, but when the parade sweeps by, their instincts will, ultimately, kick in and they will run to lead the parade.

    Hell, I wrote in the LOCAL newspaper “Impeach Bush!” in August of 2003 (four years ago). Then I was considered a nut. Suddenly it’s not so nutty anymore.

    So, even elected officials might eventually get it. Meantime, IMPEACH BUSH AND CHENEY! (And Scalia and Thomas while we’re at it. They’ve now been proven, beyond a reasonable doubt, to have engaged in a criminal conspiracy in 2000. Both had severe conflicts of interest, etc.)

    There WILL be a day of reckoning, one way or another. That’s the past that the unmemory’d thugs in the White House are doomed to repeat. (With apologies to George Santayana.)