(WASHINGTON – UCS News) A defiant President Bush warned Democrats Tuesday to accept his offer to have top aides testify privately and not under oath. The President stated “I’m not interested in the congressional oversight afforded by the democratic process and I will not allow Karl Rove to testify in public under oath, he lies to much!”
Democrats’ response to his proposal was swift and firm: They said they would start authorizing subpoenas as soon as Wednesday for the White House aides. “Testimony should be on the record and under oath. That’s the formula for true accountability,” said Patrick Leahy chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Bush, in a late-afternoon statement at the White House, said, “We will not go along with congressional oversight. I will not have elected officials of the US Congress interviewing my hand picked cronies in public.” The President went on to say “I have proposed an unreasonable way so that my administration can avoid any public embarrassment.”
Chairman Leahy said in a statement to the Press “The President seems to have forgotten that the Republican party no longer controls congress.” According to Congressional staffers the Senate Judiciary Committee has not provided the Bush administration with any oversight for the past 6 years, “So now it’s time to help the Presidents staff understand the balance of powers.