If one regards said constitution even the slightest bit more than toilet paper, it is really quite simple. If a high crime or misdemeanor has been committed and a prima facia case can be made that certain crimes have been committed, all executive privilege goes right out the window. Just ask Nixon. Well....he's dead, so ask John Dean.
Looks like even the Goopers are beiginning to rise to the occassion, or are like rats from a sinking ship; their political party, not the ship of state. If they had the well-being of the nation at heart, they would have jumped ship long ago. The GOP has no defense against the finger pointing, now by most of the world's population.
Quite a few Democrats aren't a damn bit better, and we know who you are.
With Judge Bates ruling against immunity for Harriet Meirs, and ruling that "executive privilege" claims are invalid against orders to produce certain documents, it is clear that congress has no business going into recess in the middle of a constitutional crisis. They have just been handed a major victory, by a Bush appointee, no less. Republicans of integrity are emerging from the shadows, most dramatically with the nine who broke with the party to vote for having the hearings which took place on July 25. Judge Bates said: Even if you're my friend, George, you still have to, um, obey the law.
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The Nazis, Fascists and Communists were political parties before they became enemies of liberty and mass murderers.