Friday, March 14, 2008

Contempt of Congress vs Executive Privilege

The House Judiciary Committee has filed suit to force former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten to provide information about the firing of U.S. attorneys.

The U.S. Attorney General refused to refer the situation to the Washington D.C. U.S. attorney.

A short history of contempt of Congress was provided today by NPR's Morning Edition (six minute audio).

Mark Rozell, Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, has written on executive privileges. He has said that all presidents withhold information. However not all information merits withholding or secrecy. There is no blanket immunity.

This contempt of Congress vs. executive privilege is poised to be a Constitutional showdown that we all should follow with keen interest.

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