Sen. Leahy's arrogance rebuffed by White House

AP/Fox News:

President Bush, moving toward a constitutional showdown with Congress, asserted executive privilege Thursday and rejected lawmakers' demands for documents that could shed light on the firings of federal prosecutors.

Bush's attorney told Congress the White House would not turn over subpoenaed documents for former presidential counsel Harriet Miers and former political director Sara Taylor.

In reaction, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy accused the administration of shifting "into Nixonian stonewalling" and revealing "disdain for our system of checks and balances."

"With respect, it is with much regret that we are forced down this unfortunate path which we sought to avoid by finding grounds for mutual accommodation," White House counsel Fred Fielding said in a letter to Leahy and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. "We had hoped this matter could conclude with your committees receiving information in lieu of having to invoke executive privilege. Instead, we are at this conclusion."

This is part of the Democrats bad faith investigation of the firing of US attorneys. They know that no crime has been committed nor has anything improper been done, but they are trying to manufacture a scandal in order to thwart future prosecutions of Democrats in voter fraud cases.

Leahy is also making a ridiculous claim for documents in the intercept of enemy communications. His position that the US should have to jump through hoops to intercept al Qaeda's communications with their operatives int eh US is just further evidence that Democrats have poor judgment when it comes to matters of national security.


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