Prescription Drug Secrecy gets "Executive Priveleged"
Thanks here to Eric Alterman. Yeah, it looks like the Bush Administration has found a new weapon to hide their lies from the public.
Everyone remembers this case, of course. The Bush Administration knew the estimates of the costs of the prescription drug bill were far over estimates, but the Bush Administration kept those higher estimates from congress in order to help persuade Republican deficit hawks to vote for the bill. Here's the LA Times on the subject: More lies
White House Counsel Alberto R. Gonzales, in a letter to committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Bakersfield), cited "long-standing White House policy" against having White House staff members testify before Congress as the reason Badger would not appear.
And Scully, now a private consultant, said in a letter to Thomas that he was unable to appear before the committee because "unfortunately, for the past ten days I have been traveling."