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Memo To The President From Future Presidents: Don’t Let Rove Testify

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When then National Security Advisor Condi Rice was sent to testify before the 9/11 Commission, it was understood to be an exception to the long-established rule that the senior advisors to the president cannot be compelled to appear before Congress or commissions created by Congress.  The concept of “executive privilege” is central to the separation of powers, and the existence of co-equal branches.

Now a non-scandal has percolated, the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys.  As Beltway blows go, it isn’t even a category one, and can’t become one because of the Clinton-Reno precedent, when the incoming Clinton Adminstration fired all 90-plus U.S. Attorneys. Still, with the Libby trial over, the media want a new rubber bone to gnaw, and they’ll try and make the firings into one, as will the Democrats.

Loopy Pat Leahy went on television yesterday and announced his decision to make this a test of the separation of powers:

“I do not believe in this


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