To: Sibre Fan
I was thinking of Senator Grassley’s requests for documentation from the WH regarding Walpin’s firing. Was the WH not obligated to respond on some level? I know they began negotiations with him and his staff about what they would provide.
As far as the ruling is concerned, I was thinking about how that might play out should the issue be escalated to that point.
There were no questions surrounding the president’s qualifications in 2005. So I wouldn’t expect anything different. I don’t know why, but I was under the impression that the written objections could only be submitted if and when Cheney asked for objections. Is there a process beforehand to submit objections?
posted on 12/04/2009 6:03:10 PM PST
(Integrity, Honesty, Character, & Loyalty still matter)
I was thinking of Senator Grassleys requests for documentation from the WH regarding Walpins firing. Was the WH not obligated to respond on some level?
If I recall correctly, those requests were formally issued by the Senate Finance Committee as part of an official investigation. And, even there, I don't think the WH "fully cooperated" (or even barely cooperated). Unless a Congressional Committee issues a formal subpoena, the WH is not obligated to respond. And, when a committee does issue a formal subpoena, the WH (all WH - of any administration) frequently cites to executive privilege - but that's because the Congressional Committee is seeking information about Executive Branch deliberations/actions.
In contrast, here, as reported, a bunch of Reps are getting together - without the auspice of any official committee with subpoena power - to "ask" Obama to provide information about something that occurred long before he became president. So - it's not an official request. If such a request were to come from a Congressional Committee with subpoena powers, however, he could not (imho) claim Executive Privilege because the information the committee would be seeking has nothing whatsoever to do with his actions as President. Executive Privilege applies only to deliberations by the Executive Branch.
Does that make sense?
There were no questions surrounding the presidents qualifications in 2005. So I wouldnt expect anything different. I dont know why, but I was under the impression that the written objections could only be submitted if and when Cheney asked for objections. Is there a process beforehand to submit objections?
I don't know if there's an official process for that, but I know that in 2000, not just Congress -- but anyone watching the news in the days leading up to the count -- knew that, in the Senate, a formal objection either had or would be filed, so there was no surprise when it was announced on the floor.
I'm fairly certain that the statute says only that written objections must be filed -- it does not say when they must be filed. But, at a minimum, there is precedent for prior notice of written objections - from 2000.
Why are you suddenly changing subject on this thread???
posted on 12/05/2009 12:18:52 PM PST
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