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 Post subject: Bush steps up fight over congressional authority
PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:59 pm 
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WE MUST NOT FOR A MOMENT FORGET THAT GEORGE W. BUSH IS STILL THE POTUS AND IS HIGHLY LIKELY TO USE THE DISTRACTIONS OF THE OBAMA-MCSAME RACE TO DO MORE HARM TO US AND TO THE NATION!


Bush steps up fight over congressional authority

The Bush administration is raising the stakes in a court fight that could change the balance of power between the White House and Congress.

Justice Department lawyers said Wednesday that they will soon ask a federal appeals court not to force the president's top advisers to comply with congressional subpoenas next month. President Bush argues Congress doesn't have the authority to demand information from his aides.

U.S. District Judge John Bates strongly rejected that stance last month, ordering former White House counsel Harriet Miers to testify and White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten to turn over documents related to the firing of federal prosecutors.

It was a historic loss for the Bush administration, a stinging ruling in the first such case ever to make it to the courts.

The House Judiciary Committee responded swiftly, demanding Miers appear Sept. 11 as it investigates whether federal prosecutors were inappropriately fired as part of a White House effort to politicize the Justice Department.

The Bush administration had already indicated it would appeal but Justice Department lawyers said Wednesday that they will ask the court to step in quickly and temporarily put Miers' appearance on hold while the appeal plays out
. It's a risky move for an administration that has spent years trying to strengthen the power of the presidency.

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