Skip to comments.White House defies House Oversight Committee subpoena - advisers are 'absolutely immune'
Posted on 07/16/2014 4:43:25 PM PDT by Libloather
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa subpenaed the president's official political adviser, David Simas
Issa is concerned that Simas may be violating a federal law that bans most employees of the executive branch from engaging in political activity
White House Counsel sent Issa a letter last night claiming the president's 'immediate advisers are absolutely immune' from such demands
Issa held a hearing today anyway, claiming that his committee has a 'legal obligation' to make sure taxpayer funds are being used properly
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Rep. Elijah Cummings, Oversight's ranking Democrat, argued during the hearing that Issa's behavior 'undermines' and 'degrades' the committee
Someone buy that guy a mirror.
are they paid by the TAX Payers ?
To be “fair”, something that Dims don’t do, there are several Court rulings that support the immunity of advisers. This is probably a loser in Court.
If he has done anything politically active other than advising, then he is out from under the umbrella of protection.
If they're paid with Public funds, then the Committee has EVERY right to question them. The White House squawk of 'immunity!' is bogus.
Actually I think this is the logical conclusion for what Issa has pursued. T the end of the day he can say, “well, I held hearings, el Presidente defied me, I voiced my disappointment, and there is nothing further I can do”. Its allthose f¥@kers can do including chairman Rogers, and chairman Camp. I hold out hope that Trey Gowdey will thru his fortitude get different results.
The House needs to start exercising the power of the purse - see how those “advisers” like being ‘immune’ from a paycheck.
Like that’ll happen.
Executive privilege only applies to communication between the advisor and the president.
What was interesting was that many Dems voted with them.
You're right, it probably won't.
But is IS an excellent idea! :-)
Exactly. Obama is pulling a Nixon.
Didn’t Issa make his rep/fortune selling Viper car burglar alarms?
Why don’t we have a lawyer like Gowdy or Cruz prosecuting this, instead of Inspector Cleuseau?
what do you think all those csars are for? Protective cover.
Cut the money off. Simple and it works 100% of the time EXACTLY as the founders designed it.
That Elijah Cummings???
Advisors are not Managers charged to lead Departments.
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