From the Baltimore Sun:
WASHINGTON // The White House told congressional leaders yesterday that President Bush was asserting executive privilege in response to the request for access to senior officials and documents about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year. The sweeping declaration said that turning over such evidence would harm the president’s ability to obtain candid advice from aides.
😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 Like Chimpy listens to anyone other than Deadeye Dick, and like Deadeye Dick takes advice from anyone!!!!
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Here’s more from the article:
Congress is left having to decide whether to move forward with contempt proceedings against Bush administration officials or accept a limited offer of cooperation that White House counsel Fred Fielding renewed yesterday in a letter to congressional leaders.
“Whether out of arrogance or principled conviction, the current administration has seemed all but oblivious to the political downside of insisting on executive branch secrecy,” said Peter Shane, an expert on executive privilege at Ohio State University’s law school. “Given that no one in the White House is seeking re-election, it is unclear whether they will compromise, short of receiving some extraordinary pressure from congressional Republicans who may be more concerned than the president with appearing to represent the ‘party of cover-up.'”
Fielding said Bush was instructing former White House counsel Harriet E. Miers and political operative Sara Taylor to decline to testify about the firings. He also declined to provide a log of documents that the White House was withholding and that had been requested by lawmakers to assist them in deciding whether the privilege claims were justified.
Taylor, subpoenaed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow, and Miers before the House panel Thursday, are expected to appear as scheduled. But they are expected to assert presidential privilege and to decline to comment about the firings, congressional aides said.