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David Simas won’t appear before Issa’s panel
Politico ^ | 16 Jul 2014 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN and LAUREN FRENCH

Posted on 07/16/2014 8:13:04 AM PDT by mandaladon

David Simas, director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, will not comply with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s subpoena for him to testify, White House Counsel Neil Eggleston said in a letter Tuesday to panel Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

“The committee’s effort to compel Mr. Simas’s testimony threatens longstanding interests of the executive branch in preserving the president’s independence and autonomy, as well as his ability to obtain candidate advice and counsel to aid him in the discharge of his constitutional duties,” Eggleston wrote.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: irs; issa
This is going to be interesting...
1 posted on 07/16/2014 8:13:04 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

I had know idea these subpoenas have no real legal authority. So, they are really just requests?


2 posted on 07/16/2014 8:14:36 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: cuban leaf

know = no

:-P


3 posted on 07/16/2014 8:14:55 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: mandaladon
“In light of those principles, and for reasons set forth below,” Eggleston continued, tipping to advice provided to the White House by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, “Mr. Simas is immune from congressional compulsion to testify on matters relating to his official duties” and will not appear at the hearing Issa’s committee had scheduled for Wednesday morning.........Your turn Issa!
4 posted on 07/16/2014 8:16:51 AM PDT by mandaladon (To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful an)
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To: mandaladon

>> This is going to be interesting...

It might indeed be interesting if a gutsy, effective leader were in charge of the investigation.

But given Darryl Issa’s track record of non-accomplishment, it’ll probably be a big nothingburger. Like all the others so far.


5 posted on 07/16/2014 8:17:17 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: cuban leaf

For your edification:
It is complicated and ........... political
http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL34097.pdf


6 posted on 07/16/2014 8:20:23 AM PDT by BilLies ( it isn't the color of the skin, but culture that is embraced that degrades.)
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To: mandaladon

The EXEMPT have a choice.

Continued Kabuki in the face of Obama’s declared
CW2 against the People, the Flag and Constitution
that the Dear One hates,

or

Live up to their Oaths to Defend the Constitution,
the Border, the Laws, and the People.


7 posted on 07/16/2014 8:20:48 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: mandaladon

When will you guys understand? Laws are for the little people, not for the ruling class.


8 posted on 07/16/2014 8:23:35 AM PDT by thorvaldr
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To: mandaladon
Under the Brit system we revolted against, the monarch was unimpeachable, but his ministers could be held accountable.
9 posted on 07/16/2014 8:23:53 AM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th.)
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To: Nervous Tick; All
Like all the others so far.
pablum for the GOP/E masses..

10 posted on 07/16/2014 8:24:06 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Jihadist/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: mandaladon

It just gets ever more blatant.


11 posted on 07/16/2014 8:24:09 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (ObamaCare IS Medicaid: They'll pull a sheet over your head and send you the bill.)
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To: cuban leaf
I had know idea these subpoenas have no real legal authority. So, they are really just requests?

The jail in the capitol building has been closed since the bankruptcy of 1933.

12 posted on 07/16/2014 8:25:50 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (ObamaCare IS Medicaid: They'll pull a sheet over your head and send you the bill.)
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To: Jacquerie

Post of the year!


13 posted on 07/16/2014 8:28:30 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: mandaladon
“The committee’s effort to compel Mr. Simas’s testimony threatens longstanding interests of the executive branch in preserving the president’s independence and autonomy, as well as his ability to obtain candidate advice and counsel to aid him in the discharge of his constitutional duties,” Eggleston wrote.

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Well we now know that the Politico spellchecker works. But we're not surprised that their editors don't actually read the copy they publish.

14 posted on 07/16/2014 8:28:56 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (Remember Mississippi)
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To: mandaladon

This article did not, but I saw an article where the White House Counsel said there was precedent going back to Nixon, etc. Pretty interesting they would use that reference..

Keep chiseling away Issa. Let’s get them to claiming “Executive Privilege.” Even low info voters know Executive Privilege is code for guilty.


15 posted on 07/16/2014 8:32:33 AM PDT by IamConservative (If fighting fire with fire is a good idea, why do the pros use water?)
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To: mandaladon

“immune from congressional compulsion to testify on matters relating to his official duties”

Issa wants to compel Simas to testify about violations of the Hatch Act. Eggleston’s claim of immunity is an admission of guilt, since it means the White House defines criminal violations of the Hatch Act as “official duties”. I didn’t realize Simas had actually been advising the President about how to violate the Hatch Act as part of his job. The White House will do almost anything to avoid another public spectacle of their minions plead the Fifth.


16 posted on 07/16/2014 8:41:57 AM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: Carry_Okie

“The jail in the capitol building has been closed since the bankruptcy of 1933. “

Then Issa should, very publicly, send in crews to fix it up and get it ready for some “visitors.” Just a little threat, ya know?


17 posted on 07/16/2014 8:42:14 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Jacquerie

Didn’t the colonists hang more than a few tyrannical “agents of the crown” in the process of Revolution?


18 posted on 07/16/2014 8:44:40 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Chewbarkah

Just read a summary of the Hatch Act.

The democrat party is just one big violation of the Hatch Act.

It’s their entire election strategy.


19 posted on 07/16/2014 8:46:49 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: cuban leaf

Think Oliver North.


20 posted on 07/16/2014 8:47:29 AM PDT by billhilly (Its OK, the left hated Bush.)
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To: mandaladon

Issa better be careful how he upsets the King of America. The power structure is getting so strong that Issa may find him in real trouble. Think not? Maybe those doubters should look at communist empires around the world. Getting very close.


21 posted on 07/16/2014 8:48:57 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: 1010RD
Incredible isn't it? After 225 years we have the worst of both systems. We are very close to de facto immunization of both the prez and his advisors from impeachment.

This end run around the consent of the senate by appointing various “czars” and others must come to a halt. In our system, those who are paid to advise the president must be accountable to us.

22 posted on 07/16/2014 9:08:18 AM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th.)
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To: MrB
From memory, and I could be wrong, Tea Tax revenue officers in the major ports were intimidated and never collected a shilling, but neither any of them nor other colonial ministers appointed by George III were killed.
23 posted on 07/16/2014 9:11:54 AM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th.)
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To: mandaladon
“The committee’s effort to compel Mr. Simas’s testimony threatens longstanding interests of the executive branch in preserving the president’s independence and autonomy, as well as his ability to obtain candidate advice and counsel to aid him...

Candidate? Perhaps big-britches White House Counsel Neil Eggleston meant candid?

The White House has pissed all over Issa. Wonder what his response will be? Should be Federal Marshalls or the Capitol Police frog marching Simas over to the House so he can testify.

This is such BS!

24 posted on 07/16/2014 9:50:46 AM PDT by upchuck (The country is being billed for its own execution. ~ h/t: SpaceBar)
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To: mandaladon
Here's why it will be interesting:

Darrell Issa: Voicemail shows illegal fundraising by Obama administration

"Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is highlighting a a fundraising phone call former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis made to an department employee as evidence that the Obama administration has a history of illegal fundraising activities.

"The White House Tuesday night said Simas didn't have to comply because his activity is legal and “the committee has been unable to point to any indication that [he or his office] has violated the Hatch Act.

"After playing the recording, Issa recessed the panel to “assess its course of action in regard to Mr. Simas' refusal to appear,” a panel spokesman said in a statement."

FReegards!

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25 posted on 07/16/2014 9:55:16 AM PDT by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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To: mandaladon

Constitutional Crisis dead ahead, sir!
Shall we change course or continue on our present track, Captain?
..................


26 posted on 07/16/2014 10:40:06 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,763 threads and 85,286 replies. ...............)
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To: Jacquerie

You’re spot on. At the heart of it are the Bad Amendments and a century of government schooling. No government school teacher has any incentive to teach the Constitution and liberty to school children. It’s just the opposite.


27 posted on 07/16/2014 12:16:43 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; Tailback
Then Issa should, very publicly, send in crews to fix it up and get it ready for some “visitors.” Just a little threat, ya know?

I'm with you there, in spirit. So, when he calls the crew, who cuts the check? Who's authorized to do work on the Capitol? Who signs off on their security clearances?

The Executive Branch.

Patrick Henry, Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1788: This, sir, is my great objection to the Constitution, that there is no true responsibility — and that the preservation of our liberty depends on the single chance of men being virtuous enough to make laws to punish themselves.

If your American chief be a man of ambition and abilities, how easy is it for him to render himself absolute! The army is in his hands, and if he be a man of address, it will be attached to him, and it will be the subject of long meditation with him to seize the first auspicious moment to accomplish his design; and, sir, will the American spirit solely relieve you when this happens? I would rather infinitely — and I am sure most of this Convention are of the same opinion — have a king, lords, and commons, than a government so replete with such insupportable evils. If we make a king, we may prescribe the rules by which he shall rule his people, and interpose such checks as shall prevent him from infringing them; but the President, in the field, at the head of his army, can prescribe the terms on which he shall reign master, so far that it will puzzle any American ever to get his neck from under the galling yoke. I cannot with patience think of this idea. If ever he violates the laws, one of two things will happen: he will come at the head of his army, to carry every thing before him; or he will give bail, or do what Mr. Chief Justice will order him. If he be guilty, will not the recollection of his crimes teach him to make one bold push for the American throne? Will not the immense difference between being master of every thing, and being ignominiously tried and punished, powerfully excite him to make this bold push? But, sir, where is the existing force to punish him? Can he not, at the head of his army, beat down every opposition? Away with your {60} President! we shall have a king: the army will salute him monarch: your militia will leave you, and assist in making him king, and fight against you: and what have you to oppose this force? What will then become of you and your rights? Will not absolute despotism ensue?

And here, in the words of the clerk who recorded Henry's speech, as would echo EVERY RINO with whom we deal today:

[Here Mr. HENRY strongly and pathetically expatiated on the probability of the President's enslaving America, and the horrid consequences that must result.]

"Pathetically," eh? Looks to me like he was right. Tailback, I hope you were appropriately entertained.

28 posted on 07/16/2014 2:17:33 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (ObamaCare IS Medicaid: They'll pull a sheet over your head and send you the bill.)
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To: Carry_Okie

Thanks CO! Great Henry quote I hadn’t seen before!


29 posted on 07/16/2014 2:32:44 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Thanks CO! Great Henry quote I hadn’t seen before!

Thanks, but it should be two quotes, both from the same speech. I should have added a "[snip] between the first and second paragraphs.

My apologies to the forum.

30 posted on 07/16/2014 2:36:49 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (ObamaCare IS Medicaid: They'll pull a sheet over your head and send you the bill.)
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To: Carry_Okie
the preservation of our liberty depends on the single chance of men being virtuous enough to make laws to punish themselves.

That's a great quote right there. I know of quite a few politicians and generals that need a little dose of punishment.

Yes I was entertained, thank you very much.
31 posted on 07/16/2014 5:40:35 PM PDT by Tailback
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