Thursday, July 26, 2007

House Judiciary Committee Votes to Recommend Contempt

The House Judiciary Committee, in a party-line vote of 22 to 17, recommended to the full House that it pursue a contempt citation for former Counsel to the President Harriet Miers and former White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten for their refusal to appear before the Committee to testify regarding the firing of nine U.S. Attorneys.  The Committee issued a 52-page report (available below) discussing the reason why their testimony was necessary for the investigation to justify the contempt recommendation.  The report recounts the information gathered to date regarding the dismissals in 2006 and seeks to refute the White House's position that the aides have an absolute immunity from being subpoenaed to testify before Congress.  The matter now moves to the full House, and all this is only a prelude to the issue whether a prosecutor will pursue the case if there is Congressional authorization of a contempt proceeding.  (ph)

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