Boiling Rice

The House Oversight Committee voted to subpoena Secretary of State Rice this afternoon. That’s Henry Waxman’s committee. Thomas Ferraro of Reuters reports,

Democratic lawmakers voted on Wednesday to subpoena Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to testify about administration justifications for the 2003 American-led invasion of Iraq.

But the administration said it might fight the subpoena, citing a legal doctrine that can shield a president and his aides from having to answer questions from Congress.

“Those matters are covered by executive privilege,” said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, moving toward a possible legal showdown with the Democratic-led Congress.

On a party-line vote of 21-10, the House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee directed Rice to answer questions from the panel next month about the administration’s claim — later proven false — that Iraq had sought uranium from Niger for nuclear arms.

“There was one person in the White House who had primary responsibility to get the intelligence about Iraq right — and that was Secretary Rice who was then President George W. Bush’s national security adviser,” said committee Chairman Henry Waxman, a California Democrat.

“The American public was misled about the threat posed by Iraq, and this committee is going to do its part to find out why,” Waxman said.


Update: Waxman’s committee also issued “two subpoenas to the Republican National Committee requesting the testimony of RNC Chairman Mike Duncan and documents related to possible violations of the Presidential Records Act and the Hatch Act by White House officials,” the committee web site says.

5 thoughts on “Boiling Rice

  1. I hope Condi wears her black knee-high full laced dominatrix boots when she testifies before Congress, she’s awesome when she wears them.. It’s all about the projection of power..and Condi will make the boys on the committee melt with intimidation.

  2. Waxman is every crooked politician’s worst nightmare.
    Sick’em Henry!
    Steamed Rice today, fried Rice tomorrow.

  3. The Wax Man is waxing some asssss ! Its nice to finally see some accountability. Just saw the testimony regarding Patt Tillman. Very troubling…I can only hope that he wasn’t set up to be a prop/photo-op for this illegal war.

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