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When Barack Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder ignored congressional subpoenas in an investigation into a scandal featuring a body count, White House Spokesperson Dan Pfeiffer argued that administration officials had no duty to participate in what amounted to “political theater rather than legitimate congressional oversight.”
So what’s the precedent? Does the White House get to decide what constitutes a legitimate congressional investigation? Or is it only Democrats who get to decide? Since Pfeiffer now says an administration that ignores congressional subpoenas is functioning “above the law,” an impeachable offense, I imagine the latter.
Impeachment - Option - Shame - House - Republicans
Now, impeachment is political option that should be dusted off far more frequently. It’s a shame House Republicans never used this remedy during the scandal-plagued Obama years. The country, though, needs some consistent standards. Or all we have is theater.
For instance, knowing that the Republican-controlled Senate is unlikely to remove the president over his reckless call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Nancy Pelosi is doing her best to maximize the political impact of a nebulous “inquiry.”
Part - Effort - House - Vote - Judiciary
Part of this political effort means delaying a full House vote, which would likely result in the Judiciary committee laying out ground rules and procedures moving forward. This was the bipartisan process used during both Clinton and Nixon sagas. Trump gets a new set of new rules.
Perhaps Pelosi is looking to solidify a vote total, or maybe she’s trying to protect members in swing districts, or, most likely, she’s waiting for the most politically opportune time to move forward. All of which is her prerogative. These are all political considerations, not decisions predicated on protecting the integrity of process or congress or the constitution. There is no reason for us to pretend otherwise, despite media’s distraught coverage.
Notion - Progressives - Process
Let’s face it, the notion that progressives are concerned about process is risible.
The non-vote, however, allows the House...
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