Regarding President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Scooter Libby: “Whether we shall continue to be a government of laws and not of men is now for the Congress and, ultimately, the American people to decide” (in the words of Archibald Cox).
Bush’s commutation of Libby’s sentence is prima facie conflict of interest and likely obstruction of justice.
Congress must act.
In the recent words of Ambassador Wilson: “Now, to the facts.” Congress must get to the facts. Unfortunately, the administration has a record of hiding the facts and making up facts (in an earlier era those would be called “lies”). Our media, to their (and our) shame, avoid the facts. This Congress is the hope of constitutional democracy.
I ask you to support all efforts to subpoena administration officials to get to the facts of this case, and of other cases that strike at the core of our constitutional system (for example, the case of voter caging lists and prosecutor firings).
Impeachment must not be “off the table” — especially if to do so limits Congress’ power to investigate. Congress must not become party to a cover-up by refusing to use its constitutional powers.
ROBERT J. FLEISCHER