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Bush and Cheney Claim Executive Privilege when Subpoened

July 16, 2008

President Bush has asserted executive privilege to prevent Attorney General Michael Mukasey from having to comply with a House panel subpoena for material on the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity.

A House committee chairman, meanwhile, held off on a contempt citation of Mukasey – who had requested the privilege claim – but only as a courtesy to lawmakers not present.

Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, rejected Mukasey’s suggestion that Vice President Dick Cheney’s FBI interview on the CIA leak should be protected by the privilege claim – and therefore not turned over to the panel.

“We’ll act in the reasonable and appropriate period of time,” Waxman, D-Calif., said. But he made clear that he thinks Mukasey has earned a contempt citation and that he’d schedule a vote on the matter soon.

“This unfounded assertion of executive privilege does not protect a principle; it protects a person,” Waxman said. “If the vice president did nothing wrong, what is there to hide?”

The assertion of the privilege is not about hiding anything but rather protecting the separation of powers as well as the integrity of future Justice Department investigations of the White House, Mukasey wrote to Bush in a letter dated Tuesday. Several of the subpoenaed reports, he wrote, summarize conversations between Bush and advisers – are direct presidential communications protected by the privilege.

“I am greatly concerned about the chilling effect that compliance with the committee’s subpoena would have on future White House deliberations and White House cooperation with future Justice Department investigations,” Mukasey wrote to Bush. “I believe it is legally permissible for you to assert executive privilege with respect to the subpoenaed documents, and I respectfully request that you do so.”

White House spokesman Tony Fratto said Bush invoked the privilege on Tuesday.

Waxman said he would wait to hold a vote on Mukasey’s contempt citation until all members of the panel had a chance to read up on the matter.

The Bush administration had plenty of warning. Waxman warned last week that he would cite Mukasey with contempt unless the attorney general complied with the subpoena. The House Judiciary Committee also has subpoenaed some of the same documents from Mukasey, as well as information on the leak from other current and former administration officials.

Congressional Democrats want to shed light on the precise roles, if any, that Bush, Cheney and their aides may have played in the leak.

State Department official Richard Armitage first revealed Plame’s identity as a CIA operative to columnist Robert Novak, who used former presidential counselor Karl Rove as a confirming source for a 2003 article. Around that time Plame’s husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, was criticizing Bush’s march to war in Iraq.

Cheney’s then-chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, also was involved in the leak and was convicted of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI. Last July, Bush commuted Libby’s 2 1/2-year sentence, sparing him from serving any prison time.

Libby told the FBI in 2003 that it was possible that Cheney ordered him to reveal Plame’s identity to reporters.

Article by Laurie Kellman
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Rove Subpoened By Both House and Senate Judiciary Committees

May 22, 2008

The House Judiciary Committee served a subpoena on former top Bush aide, Karl Rove, on Thursday to force him to testify in regards to allegations that the Department of Justice had dismissed U.S. attorneys based on party affiliation.

The committee ordered Rove to appear July 10 to testify on claims that he was a key player in pressing the Justice Department to dismiss some U.S. attorneys and to prosecute Democrats.

According to a wriitten statement from Chairman John Conyers, the subpoena had been authorized earlier but delivered it Thursday only after Rove’s attorney said he would not appear voluntarily: “It is unfortunate that Mr. Rove has failed to cooperate with our requests,” Conyers said. “Although he does not seem the least bit hesitant to discuss these very issues weekly on cable television and in the print news media, Mr. Rove and his attorney have apparently concluded that a public hearing room would not be appropriate. Unfortunately, I have no choice today but to compel his testimony on these very important matters.”

In a response letter dated Thursday and addressed to Conyers, Robert D. Luskin, Rove’s attorney, noted that his client has received a subpoena on the same issue from the Senate Judiciary Committee: “While the committee has the authority to issue a subpoena, it is hard to see what this will accomplish, apart from a ‘Groundhog Day’ replay of the same issues that are already the subject of litigation.”

Luskin also added that “issues of executive privilege and separation of powers” could perhaps limit Rove’s testimony.

In the written reply sent to Rove’s lawyer, Conyers said the two committees are focusing on different matters, with the House committee focusing on the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, a Democrat.

Conyers added that other former White House officials have testified under subpoena in the past and have dealt with issues of executive privilege on a case-by-case basis. That excuse is not likely to work this time.

“Mr. Rove should follow the same course,” he said.

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WWE Diva Part of FBI Investigation

May 4, 2008

Ashley Massaro, one of the divas of the WWE, is part of an investigation the FBI is conducting into the Bella Models Escort Service in California and Florida. Details are vague, as the story is just beginning to come out now. According to Massaro’s MySpace page, she is contacting her lawyers right away saying, “Just got buzzed on some BS that is going around. Dont [sic] believe it for a second. Getting in touch with my lawyer as we speak”.

Stay tuned!

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Subpoena Karl Rove!

May 2, 2008

The House Judiciary Committee threatened to subpoena former White House adviser Karl Rove if he does not agree by May 12 to testify about former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman’s corruption case. Karl Rove is speaking to the media about the matter almost as if to spite the Congressional inquiry, the House Judiciary Committee says. In a letter to Rove’s attorney, the committee’s Democrats said it was “completely unacceptable” that he has rejected the panel’s request while discussing the matter in the media.

“We can see no justification for his refusal to speak on the record to the committee,” the letter states. “We urge you and your client to reconsider … or we will have no choice but to consider the use of compulsory process.”

The invesitgation of the committee stems from the question of whether or not Republican appointees at the Justice Department influenced Siegelman’s prosecution to greatly decrease the chances of his re-election. It is part of a broader inquiry into whether or not U.S. attorneys were terminated from their positions for not aggressively going after Democrats.

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