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White House defies House Oversight
Committee subpoena on the grounds
that presidential advisers are ´absolutely
immune´ from testifying before Congress

Daily Mail [UK], by Francesca Chambers

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 7/16/2014 2:32:20 PM

The White House refused to comply today with a subpoena issued by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee demanding that the president´s official political adviser testify before Congress. The president´s Director of the Office of Political Strategy & Outreach, David Simas, was scheduled to appear before the Oversight committee today to state for the record that his work does not violate a federal law that bans most executive branch employees from engaging in political activity. But White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston sent a letter to the committee last night saying Congress doesn´t have the authority to require the president´s chief

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: oh-heck, 7/16/2014 3:02:56 PM     (No. 9927479)

Take them to court. Its a newly created agency spending tax money without being mentioned in a budget. The federal government does not need to be spending dollars for outreach so that more people know about government programs funded by taxpayers. Seriously, this is advertizing for vote-buying.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: hisself, 7/16/2014 3:52:32 PM     (No. 9927551)

Immediately cut all White House funding!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Mass Minority, 7/16/2014 3:55:45 PM     (No. 9927555)

Let me get this right;

The Director of the office of Political Strategy is refusing to testify that his actions as the Director of the Office of Political Strategy do not involve any activities involving Political Strategy?

Clearly our public education system has completely failed us.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dman, 7/16/2014 4:07:26 PM     (No. 9927573)

United States v. Nixon (1974)

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Doctor P, 7/16/2014 4:42:02 PM     (No. 9927609)

US v Nixon

http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/418/683/case.html

From this Court´s examination of the material submitted by the Special Prosecutor in support of his motion for the subpoena, much of which is under seal, it is clear that the District Court´s denial of the motion to quash comported with Rule 17(c), and that the Special Prosecutor has made a sufficient showing to justify a subpoena for production before trial.

4. Neither the doctrine of separation of powers nor the generalized need for confidentiality of high-level communications, without more, can sustain an absolute, unqualified Presidential privilege of immunity from judicial process under all circumstances. See, e.g., 5 U. S. Madison, 1 Cranch 137, 5 U. S. 177; Baker v. Carr,369 U. S. 186, 369 U. S. 211. Absent a claim of need to protect military, diplomatic, or sensitive national security secrets, the confidentiality of Presidential communications is not significantly diminished by producing material for a criminal trial under the protected conditions of in camera inspection, and any absolute executive privilege under Art. II of the Constitution would plainly conflict with the function of the courts under the Constitution. Pp. 418 U. S. 703-707.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/17/2014 12:04:57 AM     (No. 9928077)

Since Jan. 29th, 2009 ?

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