Friday, February 15, 2008

West Wing Aides Cited for Contempt

The Washington Post's Paul Kane reports the U.S. House of Representatives has voted 223 to 32 to issue contempt citations against White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and White House counsel Harriet Miers in the year-long case about fired U.S. attorneys in the Department of Justice. Bolten and Miers claim the DoJ advised them that President Bush was within his rights to exempt them from testimony due to executive privilege. In retaliation, House Democrats hope the House general counsel will pursue a civil lawsuit to compel their testimony. In counter-retaliation, House Republicans have tried to stop the legislation from being passed, and have pushed for limited testimony only by Bush Administration officials.


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