July 9 (Bloomberg) — President George W. Bush ordered two former aides not to answer questions from Congress about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys.
The White House conveyed the directive in letters to lawyers for former Counsel Harriet Miers and Sara Taylor, the ex-White House political director. Taylor is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in two days. White House Counsel Fred Fielding, Miers’s successor, also wrote to House and Senate lawmakers leading the congressional inquiry.
“The president feels compelled to assert executive privilege with respect to the testimony sought,” said Fielding’s letter to the lawmakers. He said he was informing attorneys for the two former aides “of his direction to Ms. Taylor and Mrs. Miers not to provide this testimony.”
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In a July 7 letter to Leahy and Fielding, Taylor’s lawyer, W. Neil Eggleston, said his client was caught in an “unseemly tug of war” between Congress and the president.
“Absent direction from the White House,” Taylor, 32, would testify “without hesitation” about the firings, her lawyer wrote.
She faces “two untenable choices,” Eggleston wrote. “She can follow the president’s direction and face the possibility of a contempt sanction by the Senate” or put herself “at odds with the president” by cooperating with the congressional inquiry, her lawyer wrote.
Yep, the big bad macho brush-clearing Chimpy administration are afraid to allow their womenfolk to testify, leaving them open to contempt sanctions. Chimpy, Cheney, Rove, Al Fredo, and the rest of them sure know how to talk tough, but when push comes to shove, they hide behind a couple of skirts. Harriet is up to her eyeballs in corruption, but I almost feel sorry for Sara Taylor. Almost, but not quite.