Accountability from the Judiciary Committee

March 27, 2007
An announcement:

House Judiciary Subcommittees Address Executive Branch Power

Crime and Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittees hold hearings to investigate the use of Presidential Pardons and Executive Branch Accountability

(Washington, DC)- The House Judiciary Committee announced that two subcommittees will hold hearings this week to consider Executive Branch Authority in ciriminal pardons and responses to Congressional inquiries. The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Thursday at 10 a.m. titled, "The Appropriate Use of the Presidential Pardoning Power." At 1 p.m., the Commercial and Administrative Law (CAL) Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Ensuring Executive Branch Accountability."

"With Scooter Libby's recent conviction and the ongoing US Attorney scandal that has revealed a severe lack of accountability in the Executive Branch, we found that these issues were relevant and necessary to investigate," said Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI). "Before there is talk of a presidential pardon for Scooter Libby or further attack on the constitutional checks and balances of this nation, we need to be aware of the historical context and future precedence that these issues affect."

What: Hearing, "The Appropriate Use of the Presidential Pardoning Power"

When: Thursday, March 29, 10 a.m.

Who: Mr. Roger C. Adams, Pardon Attorney

U. S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC

Mr. Allan J. Lichtman, Professor of History, American University

Mr. Bruce Fein, Principal, The Lichfield Group

What: Hearing, "Ensuring Executive Branch Accountability"

When: Thursday, March 29, 1 p.m.

Who: John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress; former White House Chief of Staff

Beth Nolan, a partner with Crowell & Moring; former White House Counsel

Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr., Senior Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice

Noel J. Francisco, Partner, Jones Day Law Firm