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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-27-07 02:01 PM
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24. Despite admitting involvement in U.S. Attorney firings, Bush administration won't comply with subpoe
Despite admitting involvement in U.S. Attorney firings, Bush administration won't comply with subpoenas
Submitted by crew on 28 June 2007 - 1:44pm.
http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/29219

The Bush administration is invoking executive privilege (http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/white-house-wont-co... ) to avoid Congressional subpoenas in the investigation about the fired U.S. Attorneys:

The White House brushed aside five congressional subpoenas Thursday, saying executive-branch documents and communications regarding the firing of several U.S. attorneys are protected by executive privilege.

I write at the direction of the president to advise and inform you that the president has decided to assert executive privilege and therefore the White House will not be making any production in response to these subpoenas for documents, White House Counsel Fred Fielding wrote in a letter to Senate and House judiciary committee Chairmen Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.).

As Think Progress (http://thinkprogress.org/2007/06/28/clement-letter /) notes, the documents provided by the Bush administration acknowledge White House staffers were integrally involved in the decisions surrounding the firings of the U.S. Attorneys:

(Solicitor General Paul) Clement reviewed the documents that the Congress subpoenaed. In his letter, Clement reveals what investigators have suspected from the very beginning that the White House was intimately involved in the attorney scandal. Upon examination of the White House documents, Clement writes (http://talkingpointsmemo.com/docs/fielding-exec-priv/?r... ):

Among other things, these communications discuss the wisdom of such a proposal, specific U.S. Attorneys who could be removed, potential replacement candidates, and possible responses to congressional and media inquiries about the dismissals.

The White House had said that Mr. Bushs aides approved the list of prosecutors only (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/13/washington/13attorney... ) after it was compiled. President Bush himself said that the Justice Department made recommendations (http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/03/2007032... ), which the White House accepted regarding the removal of the attorneys.
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