Thursday, April 12, 2007

Well, here is a hook to finally get Karl Rove to testify before Congress: his compliance with the Presidential Records Act. As one of many articles notes: "Bush said sworn testimony by White House officials would breach executive privilege -- the right of the president to have confidential communications with his staff -- and vowed Congress would face a legal fight if subpoenas are issued."

Even if we buy that argument, it has nothing to do with White House compliance with the Presidenial Records Act which requires the record-keeping of executive documents. And Congress can haul before it anyone who it believes has not been following the law. (Of course, the Justice Department would have to prosecute the offender. And even if Karl Rove yelled out loud under oath that he killed 5 soldiers in addition to deleting his e-mails, do you think our AG would prosecute him? And wouldn't the President pardon him to boot?)

Therefore, Congress can force Karl Rove to come before it and ask questions about procedure, not about substance. And that is more than OK. Because when Karl Rove shows that he cannot even play by the simplest of laws--duh, don't hit the delete button--what does that say about him and his Boss?

This is what I love about Chairman Waxman's strategy. He is not yelling, kicking, and screaming like a madman. Rather, he is slowly tightening the noose around the administration with levelheadedness that appeals to sensible people. Even hard line conservatives cannot fudge away the clear disregard for a law designed to explain to posterity why important governmental decisions were made and how all Americans can learn from our past governance.

Simply put, the mantra is: good government comes from those who govern well. And when officials cannot even follow rules kindergarteners can understand, why should any American expect our government's fundamental policies to be thought out?


At 7:22 PM, Anonymous John Aravosis' Neighbor Barbara said...

I love the smell of Henry Waxman with subpeona power in the morning. It smells like VICTORY!

At 8:48 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Great post. And all of it true.

Waxman is one tough cookie, but in a quiet way, as you've written. It's like the tortoise and the hare, and we all know who won that race. : )


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