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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A license to lie

If Karl Rove intends to tell the truth before Congress, he should be sworn-in and speak publicly. Government service is not some secret society.



Who does Karl Rove work for? Some secret society like Skull and Bones? No! He works for the government and must be publicly held accountable for his actions.

Bush Warns Dems to Take Offer in Firings

WASHINGTON (AP) - A defiant President Bush warned Democrats Tuesday to accept his offer to have top aides speak about the firings of federal prosecutors only privately and not under oath, or risk a constitutional showdown from which he would not back down.

Democrats' response was swift and firm: They said they would start authorizing subpoenas as soon as Wednesday for the White House aides.

``Testimony should be on the record and under oath. That's the formula for true accountability,'' said Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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If Bush continues to treat the Presidency like some secret society, then I hope Congress does trigger a constitutional showdown. Does Congress have an oversight role or not? Bush thinks not. I think it's essential to the functioning of a democracy.

As for Bush's charge about Democrats going on a "fishing expedition." Fair enough. Congress should only ask questions about the firings of prosecutors. (The should not ask any questions about Rove's personal sex live, for example.)

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