The Hill says it may all come to a head next Thursday.

House Judiciary Committee Democrats warned yesterday they would pursue a contempt of Congress motion if the White House fails respond to subpoenas for testimony and documents related to the firings of U.S. attorneys last year.

The deadline for a response is Thursday, June 28. If the White House does not comply, it opens the possibility of a constitutional showdown between the two branches. In an ironic twist, the Department of Justice (DoJ) would be called on to enforce the contempt motion.


One of the contempt motions would likely be directed at Presidential Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, to whom the subpoena for documents was addressed, according to a Democratic aide.

Others who could face contempt motions include ex-White House Counsel Harriet Miers and former White House political director Sara Taylor. Last week, the House Judiciary Committee voted to subpoena testimony from Miers, while the Senate Judiciary panel voted to subpoena testimony from Taylor.

“The House and Senate judiciary committees have issued subpoenas to the White House for documents and testimony,” said Conyers. “We’re still hopeful they may cooperate. But it’s still possible that enforcement action may be taken.”

2 thoughts on “Contempt!

  1. I guess “ironic” in the sense that DOJ would just laugh at the request to enforce the subpoena. Nothing will happen, period.

  2. I simply don’t know what Conyers et al are waiting for. Serve the subpoenae, have the White House refuse to comply, and let’s get this thing into court!
    Its gonna take awhile for this to work its way through the district courts so that a sufficient record has been created such that it “becomes ripe” for the Supreme Court to accept it (that certiorari is “providently granted”). But if it takes too long (read January 20, 2009), Roberts et al. can dodge the whole thing by saying its become moot (I’m not saying it would actually BE moot, I’m saying they could duck it that way.)
    So get on with it already!

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