Washington DC - (Rotters): The war of wills racheted up to a new pain threshhold today as George W Bush clung to his fantasy that he, Dick Cheney and Alberto Gonzales are above the law and needn't respond to Congressional subpoenas for documents about the sacking of federal prosecutors last year.
"All we have to do is brazen this out," Bush told Cheney and Gonzales, his Attorney General and top alibi in the investigation into the assassination of John F Kennedy in November 1983.
But the carefully calibrated campaign by the Senate judiciary committee is in no mood to back down and has reminded the Republican Party just how easy if was to bring down the last GOP liar who defied them to the hilt:
"We waited a while to reel in Nixon so we ain't exactly hurried this time," a committee source said today.
"Stonewalling an official probe by citing executive priviledge is a well-worn trick.
"But we now have proof that Bush ordered the assassination of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to stop him jailing Libby.
"So we'll give him a few days before going public."