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FEBRUARY 14 2008

1. House holds Bush's ex-aides in contempt
2. Of Crime and Indifference
3. Time to Vote Comtempt
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House holds Bush’s ex-aides in contempt
Associated Press

The House voted Thursday to hold two of President Bush's
confidants in contempt for failing to cooperate with an inquiry into
whether federal prosecutors were ousted for political reasons.

Angry Republicans boycotted the vote and staged a walkout.

The 223-32 vote Thursday targets presidential chief of staff Josh
Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers.

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Of Crime and Indifference
Scott Horton of Harper's

....In Birmingham, Alabama, a politically ambitious U.S. attorney
named Alice Martin has secured ten indictments of Democratic
political figures and their allies. Martin keeps the indictments under
seal, so she can release them drop by drop to suit the needs of a
political plan, namely the campaign of her Republican compatriots to
take control of the state’s legislature. And according to recent
reports, Martin has grown so apprehensive that the public will grow
wise to her schemes that now she has launched an effort to identify a
Republican to charge, too. The offenses charged in these
indictments can be summed up in the case she has brought against
a 63-year-old retired social studies teacher named Sue Schmitz. The
focal charge is that Schmitz had a contract to run a civics program
and that she didn’t put in as many hours as she was required to
because she was in Montgomery as a state legislator. No doubt it’s
Schmitz’s service as a state legislator which provokes the
prosecution. You see, Schmitz committed a very serious crime in
Martin’s view. She is a Democrat.

So the Birmingham prosecutors have crafted a novel crime. It’s called
“school teacher underperforms lesson plan.” And it’s a felony.

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Vote Contempt
Editorial New York Times

...Some of the people who likely know the most about the role politics
has played in the Bush Justice Department have defied
Congressional subpoenas to testify. Joshua Bolten, the White House
chief of staff, and Harriet Miers, the former White House counsel,
contend that they are protected from testifying by executive privilege.
That is not enough. They have a legal obligation to appear before
Congress and plead that privilege to specific questions.

The House Judiciary Committee voted in July to hold Mr. Bolten and
Ms. Miers in contempt. The House’s Democratic leadership has been
trying to figure out the pros and cons ever since. The public needs to
hear the testimony of these officials (along with Karl Rove, who is
also refusing to appear), and the full House should vote as quickly as
possible to hold them in contempt.

The House should also approve a resolution authorizing the Judiciary
Committee to go to court to enforce the contempt citations if the
current attorney general, Michael Mukasey, as expected, refuses to
do so.

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Bush appointed US Attorney  who
was referred to in a sworn
statement as one of Bill Canary's
"girls" who would "take care" of
Siegelman.

She was politicallly mentored by
Hickman Ewing, known as
Kenneth Starr's dark side.