October 21, 2005

Hypocrisy

Well, it didn't take too long for Republican critics of Harriet Miers to become hypocritical. From The Hill News:

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) are calling for the White House to turn over internal documents related to Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers’s service as White House counsel, breaking with Republican colleagues who say the boundaries of executive privilege must not be pushed.

Perhaps anticipating Republican demands for internal memos, White House staff members yesterday told Senate GOP staffers that the White House will provide evidence illuminating Miers’s legal thinking in action.

Both lawmakers are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will begin confirmation hearings for Miers the week of Nov. 7.

Graham’s and Brownback’s push for greater disclosure will give Democrats political leverage should they ask for memos and other documents shedding light on Miers’s work within the Bush administration’s inner circle. It would take only two Republicans to defeat Miers in committee, although that would not prevent the nomination’s automatic discharge to a floor vote.

Democrats were unable to persuade the Bush administration during the summer to turn over documents related to Chief Justice John Roberts’s service as deputy solicitor general in the administration of George H.W. Bush.

So, are executive priviledge and attorney-client priviledge important or not? Evidently, only if the Democrats are asking for the documents. What hypocritical assholes.

When the White House refused to turn over documents related to Chief Justice John Roberts' service as deputy solicitor general, I agreed with the overwhelming number of Republicans, who argued that such a move would be a clear violation of both priviledges. Hopefully, the White House will ignore this request and other Republicans will talk some sense into Senator Graham and Senator Brownback.

Don't get me wrong - I am all for seeing the nomination of Harriet Miers crater. However, let's not be hypocritical in the process.
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