Subpoenas

When President Nixon ignored Congressional subpoenas during the Watergate investigation, Democrats introduced Articles of Impeachment to tell Nixon that ignoring subpoenas was an impeachable offense. Now George Bush is behaving just like Nixon, and Democrats should once again introduce Articles of Impeachment.

Committee Topic Target Issued Deadline 2007-2008 2009-2010
House Judiciary Attorney Firings Justice Dept. papers, Emails: subpoena 4/10/07 4/16/07 Not complied with.  
House Oversight and Government Reform Niger Forgeries

Testimony of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: subpoena, news report

4/25/07 5/15/07
6/19/07
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Rice publicly refused to comply with claiming she was "not inclined" to testify.  
House Oversight and Government Reform White House violations of Pres. Records Act and Hatch Act Testimony of RNC Chairman Mike Duncan, and related documents (2 subpoenas) 4/25/07      

House Science

           
House Judiciary Ground Zero air pollution Testimony of former EPA Administrator Christy Whitman        
House Oversight Wiretapping          
Senate Judiciary Karl Rove's Emails Documents from the Department of Justice: subpoena 5/2/2007      
House Judiciary U.S. Attorney Firings Testimony of former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and documents 6/13/07 7/12/07 6/28 White House Counsel Fred Fielding refusing to comply claiming executive privilege. Conyers promised to "enforce the rule of law." Feb. 14, 2008, the House voted to hold Miers and Joshua Bolten in contempt for refusal to comply with subpoenas.  1/9/09 Conyers quietly subpoenaed Miers and she refused to comply.
Senate Judiciary U.S. Attorney Firings Documents and testimony of White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten: subpoena 6/13/07 7/11/07 6/28 White House wrote to Leahy refusing to comply claiming executive privilege. Bolten refused to appear.  
Senate Judiciary U.S. Attorney Firings Documents and testimony of White House Political Director Sara Taylor: subpoena 6/13/07 7/11/07 6/28 White House wrote to Leahy refusing to comply claiming executive privilege. Taylor appeared but refused to answer questions.  
Senate Judiciary U.S. Attorney Firings Documents and Testimony of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove: subpoena 7/26/07 8/2/07 Rove refused to appear. SJC voted contempt by 12-7 on 12/13/07. No Senate floor vote scheduled.  
Senate Judiciary U.S. Attorney Firings Documents and testimony of White House Deputy Political Director J. Scott Jennings: subpoena 7/26/07 8/2/07 Jennings appeared but refused to answer questions.  
Senate Judiciary Wiretapping Legal analysis and other documents concerning the NSA warrantless wiretapping program from White House, Dick Cheney, DOJ, and NSC. If the documents are not produced, testimony from White House chief of staff Josh Bolten, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Cheney chief of staff David Addington, National Security Counsel executive director V. Philip Lago. 6/27/07 7/18/07
8/1/07

8/20/07
White House spokesman Tony Snow called the subpoenas "outrageous"  
House Oversight and Government Reform potential conflicts of interest relating to the advice consultants provide to corporate boards on executive pay. Mark Mactas, CEO of Towers Perrin  6/29/07      
House Oversight and Government Reform White House Security Office Alan Swendimen, director of the Office of Administration; Mark Frownfelter, an ex-security officer; and former WHSO head Jeff Thompson - possibly Andy Card (Need Confirmation of this Subpoena)     6/28 WH agreed to "transcribed interviews"  
House Oversight and Government Reform Pat Tillman murder coverup Lt. General Kensinger 7/31/07  

U.S. Marshals can't find him to serve subpoena

Committee interviewed him on February 29, 2008.

 
House Oversight and Government Reform corruption in Iraq US Dept. of State, requiring materials and testimony 9/20/07   On 10/16/07 the House passed a resolution (H.Res.734) condemning the State Dept. for withholding info about Iraqi corruption from Congress & the American people. Plus it condemns the State Dept. for retroactively classifying docs that were previously unclassified.  
House Intelligence Committee CIA torture tapes Jose Rodriguez 12/18/07      
House Judiciary Committee Halliburton gang rape victim Department of Justice 12/07 12/07 not complied with  
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee steroids in baseball The committee has used subpoenas in this matter. We will not dignify it by listing them here.        
House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee big pharma drug deaths two FDA criminal investigators, one former investigator and a drug researcher 1/29/08      
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee construction and safety problems at new US "embassy" in Baghdad US Dept. of State 2/8/08       
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee greenhouse gas emissions
to compel White House Office of Management and Budget to provide unredacted copies of documents that have been improperly withheld from the Committee regarding EPA’s decision to reject California’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles, and testimony of Susan Dudley, Administrator of OIRA: subpoena 3/13/08 6/20/08 Not complied with. Asserted executive privilege.  
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee blocking of California's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions testimony of EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson  4/9/08 and 5/5/08 6/20/08 failed to appear  
House Judiciary Committee US Attorney Firings for testimony of Karl Rove: news 5/22/08   failed to appear New subpoena issued 1/26/09 for appearance 2/2/09.  Rove didn't show.  Yet another issued 2/13/09 for appearance 2/23/09.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee outing of covert agent to Attorney General Mukasey compelling the production of FBI interview reports of Vice President Cheney and President Bush and other documents regarding the outing of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson 6/16/08   refused to comply  
House Judiciary Committee outing of covert agent, politically motivated firings, etc. to Attorney General Mukasey for documents: subpoena 6/27/08 7/7/08, 7/10/08
 
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sexual assault in the military Dr. Kaye Whitley, the director of the Defense Department’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office   8/1/08 Refused to comply.  
Senate Judiciary Committee Secret laws.  
For a copy of opinions of the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel
(OLC).
 9/26/08      
Senate Judiciary Committee Detentions and torture. For a copy of opinions of the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel
(OLC).
10/21/08 11/18/08    
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Bank of America’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch

To the Federal Reserve (the Fed) to compel it to turn over Emails, notes of conversations and other documents.

And a second subpoena for additional documents.

6/8/2009      

Note: those who believe Congressional subpoenas that are delivered to the White House will be enforced by Federal courts are sadly mistaken. Congress must ask the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia to enforce their subpoenas - but all of the U.S. Attorneys have been thoroughly corrupted by the Bush Administration. The only way Congress can enforce its subpoenas is through the little-known process of "inherent contempt" in which "the individual is brought before the House or Senate by the Sergeant-at-Arms, tried at the bar of the body, and can be imprisoned."