White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers were found in contempt of Congress yesterday for failing to respond to subpoenas regarding an investigation into the political firings of eight U.S. Attorneys. This was an importan tissue because of the overt politicization of the Department of Justice. Prosecutors who failed to sufficiently go after Democrats instead of Republicans were fired for their perceived misconduct. Alberto Gonzales lied to Congressional committees about the scandal and it eventually cost him his job.
Congressional oversight is the important issue at stake now. Can the President simply ignore Congressional investigations into his misconduct and be above the law? Can he also give this legal immunity to his aides?
The issue here, again, is the awesome amount of power Congress has ceded to the President under Republican leadership. Democratic leaders were also complicit in this however and not all the blame can be laid at the foot of the GOP. Congress ceded their constitutional power to declare war, again, along with repeated permissions to the Executive Branch to usurp the power and authority of the Legislative Branch.
The constitution established a trilateral style of government and built in certain checks and balances. Congress has surrendered most of their authority and power and this is why we're at this point. When you spoil a little child and repeatedly give them everything they want it gets difficult when you finally stomp your foot and say no. Congress is saying no to George W. Bush and the little brat isn't happy. Will they have the strength of will to follow through? I'm not holding my breath.