Kagro X has a post up at Kos about the upcoming subpoena showdown in front of the SJC. It’s a reminder that we’ve seen all of these guys before.
But has the US Attorney ever done that before? Declined to prosecute a political friend on orders from the White House? Absolutely. The case was that of Reagan administration EPA chief Anne Gorsuch Burford in 1982.
And who was the White House counsel who ran the strategy? Why, it was Fred Fielding himself:
In 1982, during current White House Counsel Fred Fielding’s first stint in the position, the U.S. attorney declined to bring a contempt charge against a Reagan administration official, instead seeking an injunction against the House.
Thinking this executive versus legislative branch showdown will have to be resolved in the courts? Maybe even the Supreme Court?
Know who helped direct Fielding’s legal strategy on the Gorsuch case?
Guy by the name of John Roberts.
So, anybody want to bet that Mr. Chief Justice Roberts will recuse himself from any case involving an exercise of executive privilege by President Bush (the guy who appointed Roberts) which would be argued by Fred Fielding (the guy Roberts worked for 20 years ago)?
Yeah, I didn’t think so. The fix is in- the upcoming conflict is the reason why Roberts is on the court.