Did Tony Snow go to high school? Has he ever taken a civics course? Has he never seen Schoolhouse Rock?! Because, ya know, it's almost impossible to, like, not know that this (second video) is complete and utter bullshit: "[Congress] does not have constitutional oversight responsibility over the White House."
Steve Benen: "Look, I know these guys are into all kinds of strange ideas about a unitary executive, but this is ridiculous. If the legislative branch doesn't have oversight responsibilities over the White House, does Snow think the White House has to answer to anyone? … [T]his isn't the executive privilege argument, this is the executive privilege argument on crack."
Even though I know Tony Snow probably isn't genuinely ignorant of the basic principles of American government, and is probably just spewing this nonsensical, incoherent, and Constitutionally-inaccurate horseshit because that's what he's paid to do, I'm going to go ahead and offer some help--to him, to his Oval Office masters, to whomever doesn't (or refuses to) understand that we don't live in a dictatorship (yet)--in the form of this handy-dandy chart I copied from one I found online on an elementary school resources website:
Enjoy, Tony. And take your time.
There will be a quiz at my discretion.
In the first video, Snow empties his pouch of good will in a contentious exchange with CBS's Harry Smith, whom he describes as "partisan" when the BS spewing from Snow's mouth is so unbelievable it must be challenged.
Essentially: That the White House is making a gesture of "good will" by allowing Karl Rove and Harriet Miers to have an off the record chat with congress over their -- and quite probably the president's -- role in the politically motivated firings of US Attorneys.
But much more important than [the fact that the questioning wouldn't be transcribed] is that the White House would limit the scope of the testimony, and of any documents provided, so that they would not cover communications made within the White House -- i.e., among the presidential advisors who (presumably) most directly counseled the President to remove the U.S. Attorneys. And it's presumably in those communications that any evidence of the actual reasons for the removals would be contained.