Congressman Cohen Renews Call for Charges of Contempt Against Rove, Miers

November 2, 2007
Press Release

“We need to have a contempt charge brought,” said Congressman Cohen on the floor of the House. “We need to have them be punished for their contempt for this Congress, which is, in essence, contempt of the American people and contempt of the Constitution, and of all things good that the American people stand for.”

Congressman Cohen has been pressing for the Congress to act since Miers and former White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten refused to show up for a July 12 hearing, citing executive privilege. Karl Rove had previously ignored subpoenas to testify in the House. The Judiciary Committee quickly approved a contempt measure against them, but it has not yet come to the House floor for a full vote.  

“The fact of the matter is that we should have done this a long time ago,” Congressman Cohen later explained.  “To ignore a Congressional subpoena is just the height of disdain towards the people’s chamber, and yet another example of the hubris of the Bush administration. The last time I checked, the Constitution of the United States determined the law in this country, not George W. Bush; and Harriet Miers and Karl Rove broke the law.  I’m going to make sure that they face the same consequences that any other American would face.”

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