Bush defies congressional subpoenas - could impeachment be next?

Today, the White House announced that they would not be complying with the subpoenas coming from the House and Senate, citing "Executive Privilege" and the Writ of Douchebaggery. This will eventually go to court, and probably won't be resolved until Bush is out of office.

However, if the House of Representatives were to initiate impeachment hearings, the Bush Administration would not be able claim executive privilege. Could it actually happen? Chairman Conyers had this to say:

"The charges alleged in this investigation are serious – including obstruction of justice and misleading Congress – and the White House should be as committed to this investigation as the Congress. At this point, I see only one choice in moving forward, and that is to enforce the rule of law set forth in these subpoenas."

Though we don't have the votes to convict Bush in the Senate, I believe that could change very quickly for a few reasons:

  • Impeachment hearings will dominate news coverage worldwide, and more people will be paying attention to the case for impeachment.
  • Once Congress has the documents proving that Bush broke the law and purposefully misled the public, public support for his removal - already over 50% - will go up even higher.
  • Bush's current approval rating is already down to 26%, and Republican senators up for re-election next year are already under pressure to distance themselves from Bush.