President Bush invoked executive privilege Monday to deny requests by Congress for testimony from two former aides about the firings of federal prosecutors....Don't like it? Impeach him! Or just bitch about it and try to obstruct whatever you can as you drive your ratings toward the single digits after sweeping into office in January promising to deliver all sorts of accomplishments. Your choice, Congress.
In a letter to the heads of the House and Senate Judiciary panels, White House counsel Fred Fielding insisted that Bush was acting in good faith and refused lawmakers' demand that the president explain the basis for invoking the privilege.
ADDED: Marty Lederman looks at how Congress might go about seeking the prosecution of the witnesses who won't testify or using a civil suit to get the matter into a court. The witnesses would, of course, assert the defense of executive privilege, and if the court got to the merits of the case -- an iffy proposition -- it's rather obvious that the privilege would be upheld. Is it in Congress's interest to force that decision and obtain that precedent? I think not. So let the bitching rage on. Or were you hoping for impeachment?