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March 09, 2007

House Judiciary Committee Wants Answers From the White House on the U.S. Attorney Firings

TPMMuckraker reports that the House Judiciary Committee sent the White House a request for any and all documents related to the U.S. Attorney Firings. That includes: communications records within the White House; communications between the White House and members of Congress; the names of any members of Congress who had advance notice of the firings; the names of anyone in the White House who was involved in the firings. (Read the pdf of the letter here.)

The White House has until next Friday, March 16 to produce the documents.

They also sent a letter to former White House counsel Harriet Miers, subtly referencing the interview that she and her deputy, William Kelley, conducted with John McKay, where McKay was asked why he "mishandled" Washington's 2004 gubernatorial election. Here's the text of that letter:

March 9, 2007

Dear Ms. Miers:

We write to follow up on the hearings held in the House and Senate Judiciary Committees this week concerning the forced resignations of six U.S. Attorneys. At these hearings, a number of important disclosures were made, several of which raise very troubling legal questions about the conduct of officials at the Justice Department. Questions have also been raised concerning the involvement of the White House, which of course made the final decision to discharge the U.S. Attorneys. Enclosed is a copy of a letter we have sent to the current White House counsel, Fred Fielding, on these matters.

In order to further our investigation, we would appreciate the opportunity to interview you, hopefully on a voluntary basis, about your knowledge and activities concerning the termination of these U.S. Attorneys. Please contact Elliot Mincberg or Lillian German in the Judiciary Committee Office Building, 2138 Rayburn House Building, Washington, D.C. 20515 (tel: 202-225-3951; fax: 202-225-7680). Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


John Conyers Jr.


Linda T. Sanchez

Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law

They're giving Miers the opportunity to answer their questions "hopefully, on a voluntary basis" so that a subpoena won't be necessary.

Being the majority party in Congress certainly has its advantages.

Posted by shoephone on March 9, 2007 at 01:58 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink


"Being the majority party in Congress certainly has its advantages."

Doesn't it, though? And on a related note, the NYT has called for Bush to fire Gonzales. He won't, of course, which raises the question: will the majority party do the right thing and impeach him?

Posted by: Leslie in CA | Mar 10, 2007 11:03:35 PM

Hey, the html code didn't work.

Posted by: Leslie in CA | Mar 10, 2007 11:04:19 PM

html for italics in comments doesn't work for me either. I put it in quotes for you. );-)

Who knows, Nef? Bush is so on the outs right now. Maybe if Specter and Ensign rally their gooper troops to get Gonzales sacked... Of course, that just means we'll have to endure some other creep as AG for the next two years. Maybe be better to simply keep the limelight on the current creep so that he is under constant scrutiny and too afraid of doing his usual dirty work. And I'm positive someone inside the DOJ or the WH is leaking to the press anyway.

Posted by: shoephone | Mar 10, 2007 11:59:24 PM

One constant in the Bush Administration is that each new candidate for a cabinet job has been worse than his predecessor. With the Senate divided the way it is, I see no reason to believe that will change.

Posted by: Cujo359 | Mar 11, 2007 3:20:08 AM

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