Sen. Leahy: This is America, Not a Dictatorship

2 de julio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><p>July 2, 3007 (LPAC)--Speaking on NBC Meet the Press, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that White House officials could be cited for contempt of Congress if they don't cooperate on subpoenas. Cheney's buddy Tim Russert, the show's host, after running an interview with Homeland Security Department chief Michael Chertoff, then tried to suggest to Leahy that his inquiries on wiretaps would impair the effort to stop terrorists. Leahy said the committee is not asking for operational details, but for the Administration's legal justification for the warrantless wiretap program.</p><p>When asked about his characterization of the Administration as "Nixonian," Leahy said they take the attitude that they are above the law. "In America, no one is above the law." "This is America, not a dictatorship."</p><p>Leahy ridiculed the White House claims of Executive privilege on the US Attorney firings, asking: Where does Executive Privilege come in? For Monica Goodling? For an acting US Attorney who went out to Missouri to influence the outcome of a federal election?</p><p>If the White House doesn't cooperate, the committee will seek to hold them in contempt of Congress. "Yes, I'd go that far," Leahy said, noting that this would require a vote of the full House and Senate; then it would go to a U.S. Attorney for prosecution; he said it would be very difficult for a prosecutor not to prosecute on this.</p></div></body>