Holds No Watergate
Congress: Legally unenforceable subpoenas, "scandals" involving no lawbreaking and baseless "perjury" charges. In wartime, and with lots of real work to do, these are the Democratic Congress' skewed priorities.
After issuing subpoenas Thursday to presidential adviser Karl Rove and a White House aide working for him, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont took to the Senate floor to announce, "There is a cloud over this White House and a gathering storm."
Unlike most weather forecasters who get it wrong, Leahy can't claim to have good intentions. He and other top Democrats in both chambers have spent their nearly seven months in the majority trying to generate a fake storm that can destroy the Bush presidency.
The U.S. attorneys affair that Leahy is demanding Rove testify about — in defiance of the confidentiality vis-a-vis his staff that the Supreme Court has affirmed to be a president's right — is the most monumental non-scandal in Washington history. Under the law, a president can fire a Justice Department prosecutor because he doesn't like his tie.
Over on the other side of the Capitol, the House Judiciary Committee — chaired by one of Congress' most liberal members, Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, who has long wanted the president impeached — voted along party lines to cite former White House counsel Harriet Myers and current chief of staff Josh Bolten with criminal contempt for refusing to testify about the attorney firings.
One of the purposes of the Democrats' frivolous probes into non-lawbreaking is to bait someone into making a statement under oath that can be twisted into perjury. It's the way special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation into the noncriminal Valerie Plame affair snared Scooter Libby for having a lousy memory.
So now four Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, led by New York's Charles Schumer, the Senate Democrats' chief fundraiser, demand an inquisitor for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Thanks, Patsy for bringing us this one!