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White House Pushes Back Against Subpoena
Wall Street Journal, by Colleen McCain Nelson

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Posted By:Toledo, 7/15/2014 8:38:14 AM

The White House pushed back against a Republican subpoena for a top presidential adviser to testify this week, saying that summoning David Simas to Capitol Hill raised significant concerns about separation of powers. White House counsel W. Neil Eggleston wrote in a letter Monday to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) that he would direct his staff to provide a briefing Tuesday on the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach. But Mr. Eggleston questioned the Republican lawmaker’s to decision to subpoena Mr. Simas, who serves as the director of that office. “While I am hopeful that we can

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: M2, 7/15/2014 8:42:46 AM     (No. 9925150)

This White House is "concerned about separation of powers"????

Don´t they know how absurd that claim is, considering that the White House has been doing its best imitation of a dictatorship for the last five years?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: eoddad, 7/15/2014 8:47:03 AM     (No. 9925158)

Issa keep pushing they are afraid.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: 4freedom, 7/15/2014 8:51:36 AM     (No. 9925164)

Better do something now to secure hard drives.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 7/15/2014 8:51:49 AM     (No. 9925166)

Bill and Hillary got away with playing the same game in the 1990´s and we never got to the bottom of 1/2 the crimes they committed. Cutting that deal with Bill so he could finish his term was a major mistake.
Barry is just pushing the envelope further and the country suffers.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/15/2014 8:53:10 AM     (No. 9925171)

If the House has a power to subpoena, isn´t the Executive Branch´s push back a violation of that same separation of powers?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: sailannapolis, 7/15/2014 9:56:05 AM     (No. 9925290)

I TOTALLY agree with #2

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Doctor P, 7/15/2014 10:29:55 AM     (No. 9925339)

At least Nixon loved the country enough to

- not sue over his loss to JFK under strange circumstances, something Gore did not learn

- resign

Yet Obama does not have the decency of Nixon - think about that in multiple meanings

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Reply 8 - Posted by: kennedylaw, 7/15/2014 10:41:11 AM     (No. 9925353)

"Separation of powers" means that no one should dare to try and separate Our Glorious Leader from absolute power.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Crashnburn, 7/15/2014 10:45:19 AM     (No. 9925363)

I hereby nominate #8 for the post of the year!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dman, 7/15/2014 11:10:33 AM     (No. 9925397)

The primary purpose of impeachment is to (re)assert Constitutional authority over rogue agents (including but not limited to the POTUS) within the executive branch.

Do it: to re-establish the separate powers invested in the people´s body of Congress for this very purpose. Hamilton explains at length in Federalist #65 and #66.

The power of the Senate to convict and remove is a separate and distinct matter. Regardless of that prospect, this Administration must be appropriately "fingered" (several implications of that word are duly intended here) for its violation of oath and abuse of authority.

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