The president’s oh-so-noble reliance on “executive privilege”
There are glaring weaknesses and inconsistencies in the president’s refusal to allow White House aides to testify under oath.
Mar. 20, 2007
There are several important facts to note about the President’s vow at this afternoon’s Press Conference to resist attempts to compel Karl Rove and Harriet Miers to testify to Congress, under oath, with regard to the firing of the U.S. attorneys. The President intends to invoke “executive privilege,” the same doctrine used by Presidents Nixon and Clinton in their respective (unsuccessful) attempts to resist subpoenas:
First, the President began his Press Conference by admitting that the administration’s explanations as to what happened here have been — to use his own words — “confusing” and “incomplete.” Why, then, would Congress possibly trust Bush officials to provide more explanations in an off-the-record, no-transcript setting where there are no legal consequences from failing to tell the truth?