I’m trying to imagine how this leads to anything productive, but it’s nonetheless an interesting move.
Judiciary Committee Schedules Hearing on Use and Misuse of Presidential Clemency Power
July 3rd, 2007 by Jesse LeeFrom the Judiciary Committee:
House Judiciary Committee to Address Presidential Clemency Power
(Washington, DC)- Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. announced that he will be holding a full committee hearing next week titled, â€œThe Use and Misuse of Presidential Clemency Power for Executive Branch Officials.â€ The hearing will be held next Wednesday, July 11, at 10:15 am in the committeeâ€™s hearing room, 2141 Rayburn House Office Building.
â€œIn light of yesterdayâ€™s announcement by the President that he was commuting the prison sentence for Scooter Libby, it is imperative that Congress look into presidential authority to grant clemency, and how such power may be abused,â€ Conyers said. â€œTaken to its extreme, the use of such authority could completely circumvent the law enforcement process and prevent credible efforts to investigate wrongdoing in the executive branch.â€
My expectation is that this will lead to a lot of high talk and finger wagging resulting in … nothing. However, it’s worth noting that the response in the blogosphere to the commuting of Libby’s sentence has been absolutely explosive (I won’t bother linking to anything in particular here – if you have the Internets it’s been impossible to miss). I imagine that between now and then Dem leaders will be trying to assess the degree to which the public is likewise outraged (or, given how the public is, if they’ve even noticed).
If they conclude that America is indeed fed the heck up, maybe this is a precursor to something more serious. Been lots of dangerous talk about impeachment today…
So we’ll be watching. Holding our breath? No, but watching….