June 28, 2007
President Bush asserted executive privelage Thursday and rejected lawmakers' demands to see documents that could shed light on the firings of federal prosecutors.
Bush's attorney, Fred Fielding, told the Congressional committees that the White House would not be turning over the documents for their investigations into Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' leadership over the Justice Department.
The documents contain information about former Presidential counsel Harriet Miers and former politcal director Sara Taylor. The Democratic chairman of the House and Senate Judiciary committees said that they would push forward with enforcing the subpoenas.
Thursday was the deadline for handing over the documents. The White House also made it clear that Miers and Taylor would not be testifying next month, as they were subpoenaed to.
Actions by the White House and the judiciary committees could lead to a constitutional showdown in federal courts.