Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Secretary of State Rice doesn't want to have to answer any more of those bothersome questions

Rice Signals Rejection of House Subpoena

Condoleezza Rice has become the apologist for the Bush Administration - not just for the President's mis-steps but also for her own.

This week she paraded through the Sunday Talk shows to defend herself from accusations made by former CIA director George Tennent. Previously she went against statements made by former Secretary of State Collin Powell who has sought to distance his fault in the Iraq mess.

Yes, she has time for the talk show host, most all of whom treat her with great respect. But no, she does not have time to our Governments House oversight comittee that would call on her to `speak under oath'.

She most probably would use the favorite line of the Bush administration- `I don't recall.' When asked the tough questions, so why should she waste her valuable time. Time that could be better spent basking in the presence of the man who calls her `his sister' and of whom she accidentally once called her husband (I am referring to President Bush.)

Bush has pressed upon all those in the Administration that they serve at his pleasure. This is a great untruth- the Administration serves at the pleasure of the people - and the people are not pleased. Treating Congress as though it does not matter is criminal for the Secretary of State a position that she has proven herself to be ineffectual at. She like Attorney General Gonzales should be instructed again and again to resign - not because it would serve the President best - but because it would serve our country best.

Note: A new biography about Ms. Rice is coming out this week by a Newsweek writer.

Secretary of State Rice Signals Rejection of House Subpoena, Citing Executive Privilege
The Associated Press

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday she has already answered the questions she has been subpoenaed to answer before a congressional committee and suggested she is not inclined to comply with the order.

Rice said she would respond by mail to questions from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the Bush administration's prewar claims about Saddam Hussein seeking weapons of mass destruction, but signaled she would not appear in person.

"I am more than happy to answer them again in a letter," she told reporters in Oslo, where she is attending a meeting of NATO foreign ministers.

The comments were her first reaction to a subpoena issued on Wednesday by the committee chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.

Rice said she respected the oversight function of the legislative branch, but maintained she had already testified in person and under oath about claims that Iraq had sought uranium from Africa during her confirmation hearing for the job of secretary of state.

"I addressed these questions, almost the same questions, during my confirmation hearing," she said. "This is an issue that has been answered and answered and answered."

Rice noted that she had been serving as President Bush's national security adviser during the period covered by the panel's questions and stressed the administration's position that presidential aides not confirmed by the Senate cannot be forced to testify before Congress under the doctrine of executive privilege.

"This all took place in my role as national security adviser," she said. "There is a constitutional principle. There is a separation of powers and advisers to the president under that constitutional principle are not generally required to go and testify in Congress.

"So, I think we have to observe and uphold the constitutional principle, but I also observe and uphold the obligation of Congress to conduct its oversight role, I respect that. But I think I have more than answered these questions, and answered them directly to Congressman Waxman."

Rice declined to respond when asked if she would absolutely refuse to testify under subpoena.

Her spokesman, Sean McCormack, said later that no final decision had been made about Rice appearing before the committee.

Waxman's committee voted 21-10 on Wednesday to subpoena Rice despite the State Department's insistence that the questions have already been answered and that the doctrine of executive privilege .

The congressman has complained for weeks that Rice and the State Department have failed to respond to questions about the claim that Saddam Hussein had tried to by uranium from Niger.

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