Today, President Bush asserted executive privilege to hide global warming documents requested by the House Oversight Committee. Bush “has also asserted executive privilege to keep his chief of staff, Josh Bolten, and former White House counsel Harriet Miers from having to provide information to Congress” about the U.S. attorneys scandal. At a press conference in Jacksonville, FL this afternoon, Sen. Barack Obama said that such blanket assertions of executive privilege are “completely misguided” and does not reflect how he would operate:
I think that nobody is above the law. If there are specific assertions of executive privilege, then, you know, those can be examined. But I think this notion, this blanket notion that you can’t subpoena White House aides, where there’s evidence of genuine wrongdoing, I think is completely misguided.
You know, as I recall, Richard Nixon mounted similar arguments. That’s not how we operate. We’re a nation of laws and not men and women. So, you know — and my — that’s a precedent I don’t mind living with as president of the United States.