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    Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) revealed on Friday afternoon that the White House and Pentagon were holding up a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigation into the friendly fire death of former professional football player and Army Corporal Patrick Tillman.

    "[T]he Committee wrote to White House Counsel Fred Fielding seeking 'all documents received or generated by any official in the Executive Office of the President' relating to Corporal Tillman's death," noted a press release from the Committee.

    But the White House has apparently again invoked its executive privilege to hold up the documents sought by Waxman and Ranking Minority member Tom Davis (R-VA).

    "The White House Counsel's office responded that it would not provide the Committee with documents that 'implicate Executive Branch confidentiality interests' and produced only two communications with the officials in the Defense Department, one of which was a package of news clippings," the Committe noted. "The response of the Defense Department to the Committee's inquiry was also deficient."

    In their letter to Fielding, Waxman and Davis doubted that the two documents were the limits of White House-Pentagon communication over Tillman's death.

    "It is difficult to believe that these are the only communications that White House officials had with the Department of Defense between April 22,2004, the day Corporal Tillman died, and May 29, 2004, the day the Bush Administration publicly announced that Corporal Tillman's death was a result of fratricide," they wrote.

    They also explained what they believed was at stake in this probe.
    "These questions have implications for the credibility of the information coming from the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan and raise significant policy issues about how to prevent the future dissemination of untrue information," Waxman and Davis wrote to Fielding. "They also have a profound personal impact on the Tillman family. It is for these reasons that the Committee requested documents from the White House."

    The Committee said that it expected a response to the Friday letter by July 25. Waxman also scheduled an additional hearing on the announcement of Tillman's death for Aug. 1.

    The Raw Story | White House, Pentagon cite executive privilege to hold up documents on friendly fire victim Tillman

    What bullshit! I cannot wait for this chimp to be out of office so all these investigations can go thru without him and his cronies obstructing.

    Funny how the Bush family bought 100,000 acres of ranch land in Paraguay. Paraguay only has extradition treaties with us for cases involving terrorism and drug trafficking. I guess all that land is for Bush and his buds so they can hide out and prance around in their jackboots.

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    This is just further proof that Bush and his whole administration are crooked. Not that there needed to be anymore proof. Why is it that everytime somebody wants information, the first thing out of their mouths is Executive Priviledge. Even though I know it probably won't happen, I'm waiting for the day Bush and Cheney are brought up on charges and get impeached.

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    Who knew executive privilege covered such a wide range of situations?
    "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits."

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    Yeah, BushCo has been expanding the power of the executive, but it has no constitutional backing whatsoever.

    Even when congress and the senate pass a law, this douche simply issues a signing statement saying he doesn't have to obey it.

    How in the name of hell does a supposedly democratic leader get that much power? It's more like autocratic, or royal power than anything handed to him by the people.
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    Cheney remembers where his office is located.

    Weeks after claiming that it was not a part of the executive branch, the Office of Vice President Dick Cheney appears to be readying an independent assertion of executive privilege.

    The move emerged in an exchange of letters with the Senate Judiciary Committee, which granted an extension for the White House to comply with a subpoena on documents related to President George W. Bush's domestic spying program.

    The Raw Story | Cheney's office implies it has executive privilege of its own

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    Yeah.. the vice presiden't office is magically NOT part of the executive branch, until someone submits an order for documents to be handed over and then it IS part of the executive becaus he claims executive privilege?

    Why doesn't someone just bring the fucking Sargeant-at-arms to the fucking office and ORDER him to turn them over under pain of arrest and inprisonment
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    Dick doesn't care. He just makes shit up as he goes along.

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    Yeah, Dick reminds me of playing board games with my older brother when I was little. Every time I turned around there was some new rule I'd never heard of that, coincidentally, benefitted him.
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