Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Americans Overwhelmingly Support Prosecutor Purge Investigation

The elite Washington punditry have been pushing the meme that Democrats need to be careful that they don't "overreach" in their oversight hearings of Bush administration malfeasance, particularly in the case of the prosecutor purge scandal. A new USA Today/Gallup poll should put that spin to rest:

WASHINGTON — Americans overwhelmingly support a congressional investigation into White House involvement in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, and they say President Bush and his aides should answer questions about it without invoking executive privilege.

In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Friday-Sunday, respondents said by nearly 3-to-1 that Congress should issue subpoenas to force White House officials to testify.


By 53%-26%, respondents say the U.S. attorneys were dismissed primarily for political reasons, not because they weren't doing their jobs well — as Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has said.


The poll finds little sympathy for the administration's claim that White House aides shouldn't have to testify to ensure that a president gets candid advice. By 68%-26%, those surveyed say the president should drop the claim of executive privilege in this case.

Sounds to me like Americans would like to see a little oversight in this matter.

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