Skip to comments.Bush won't supply subpoenaed documents [asserted executive privilege......]
Posted on 06/28/2007 6:31:40 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Bush won't supply subpoenaed documents
By TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent 1 minute ago
The White House, moving toward a constitutional showdown with Congress, asserted executive privilege Thursday and rejected lawmakers' demands for documents that could shed light on the firings of federal prosecutors.
President Bush's attorney told Congress the White House would not turn over subpoenaed documents for former presidential counsel Harriet Miers and former political director Sara Taylor.
"With respect, it is with much regret that we are forced down this unfortunate path which we sought to avoid by finding grounds for mutual accommodation," White House counsel Fred Fielding said in a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. "We had hoped this matter could conclude with your committees receiving information in lieu of having to invoke executive privilege. Instead, we are at this conclusion."
Thursday was the deadline for surrendering the documents. The White House also made clear that Miers and Taylor would not testify next month, as directed by the subpoenas, which were issued June 13. The stalemate could end up with House and Senate contempt citations and a battle in federal court over separation of powers.
In his letter, Fielding said Bush had "attempted to chart a course of cooperation" by releasing more than 8,500 pages of documents and sending Gonzales and other senior officials to testify before Congress. The White House also had offered a compromise in which Miers, Taylor, White House political strategist Karl Rove and their deputies would be interviewed by Judiciary Committee aides in closed-door sessions, without transcripts. Democrats Patrick Leahy of Vermont and John Conyers of Michigan, the chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, have rejected that offer.
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About damn time he’s shown some backbone.
>> stuff it Leahy
As PO’d as I am at the President lately, I’m really glad to see he’s showing some spine on this one.
Too little too late. Gonzales had been portrayed, accurately I think, as an incompetent moron and that will not wash off.
The White House is right on this, unfortunately, Bush has so compromised himself in so many other areas that nobody is going to support him anymore.
“With respect, it is with much regret that we are forced down this unfortunate path which we sought to avoid by finding grounds for mutual accommodation,”
The Dims seek power not “mutual accomodation”.
“About damn time hes shown some backbone.”
He should have pulled the plug on this a long, long time ago.
“The attorneys serve at my pleasure and I have fired them. There will be no further discussion on this matter, or of any other Congressional “oversight” activity that so clearly and unconstitutionally violates the separation of powers.”
There. That was a 10 second press conference.
He has repeatedly let this kind of nonsense drag on and on and on and on to his own and the nation’s detriment.
Okay, now I can add points to the President’s “What He’s Done Right” column. Oh, and stuff it Leahy...traitor.
Really? Nobody is going to support him anymore? Absolutely nobody... Well I do support strongly support him, so that is one supporter and I am sure that there are tens of millions of people who strongly support him.
This is stupid. With all of the problems facing America, the Democrats still want to smear the President. What’s the point? His approval is way down, he’s lame duck, and not exactly winning friends lately.
Let it go. Do the work you were elected to do. Jerks.
It’s conventional wisdom that nobody supports Jorge Boosh.
Add my name to the list of Bush supporters.
Why is it necessary, after continual Bush bashing, that those of us supporting the President have to answer questions about supporting him on “every” issue.
Why are liberals NEVER asked that?
So from now on, just to annoy Bush critics, I’m going to claim to support him on (almost) every issue.
Hey Lahey, go sh@t in your hat.
Right. The Big Media template is set - Bush got “caught” doing something dirty.
I can’t understand why the Dem’s would want to do this to Bush.... He’s been acting like a perfect Liberal lately....:)
Bush finds his gonads at last. Nothing like a good magnifying glass.
I support him also
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