U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey Friday said he will not ask a federal grand jury to investigate whether two top Bush administration officials should be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday asked Mukasey to look into whether White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers committed contempt of Congress in the investigation of the 2006 firings of several U.S. attorneys.
Pelosi said the two were unresponsive to Congress’ inquiry, while the White House argues that contempt laws don’t apply to the president or any of his staffers who invoke executive privilege.
Mukasey, a Bush appointee, agreed.
“The department has determined that the noncompliance by Mr. Bolten and Ms. Miers with the Judiciary Committee subpoenas did not constitute a crime,” Mukasey wrote in a letter to Pelosi.
“Therefore the department will not bring the congressional contempt citations before a grand jury or take any other action to prosecute Mr. Bolten or Ms. Miers.”
Apparently in the White House, you get to decide whether what you do is a crime or not!
A spokesman for House Republican Leader John Boehner issued a statement Thursday calling Pelosi’s request a “partisan political stunt” and “complete waste of time.”
Unlike, say, the years-long investigation into whether or not Clinton got a blowjob from an intern. That wasn’t a waste of time or any kind of partisan political stunt.
Thanks to our spineless, worthless Democrat “majority” in Congress, Bush and the rest of his sleazy criminals will get out scot-free in a few months, but at least the clock is ticking on this nauseating bunch. (And honestly, they should consider themselves lucky to be avoiding charges of crimes crimes, since they should be hauled up before the world for war crimes.)
And they wonder why a candidate promising hope and change is so popular.