Last week, the White House blocked the subpoena from Congress that requested the appearance of White House staff for a congressional hearing on the infamous White House gate crashers and the frightening breach in security.
Obama’s Press Secretary stated: “I think, you know, that, based on separation of powers, staff here don’t go to testify in front of Congress.”
Well, as the Epic Journey blog picked up on, that doesn’t exactly jive with what we heard from Candidate Obama:
Last year, the president took a very different position. A reporter asked about congressional efforts to get Bush White House aides to testify about the firings of U.S. attorneys. Then-candidate Obama said:
I think that nobody is above the law. If there are specific assertions of executive privilege, then, you know, those can be examined. But I think this notion, this blanket notion that you can’t subpoena White House aides, where there’s evidence of genuine wrongdoing, I think is completely misguided.
You know, as I recall, Richard Nixon mounted similar arguments. That’s not how we operate. We’re a nation of laws and not men and women. So, you know — and my — that’s a precedent I don’t mind living with as president of the United States.
Is this the hope and change you were looking for, fellas?