Derek Kreindler - AHN WriterBush Invokes Executive Privilege;Mon Jul 9, 2007 18:56
Bush Invokes Executive Privilege;
Denies Congress Access To Aides
July 9, 2007 12:07 p.m. EST
Derek Kreindler - AHN Writer
Washington, D.C. (AHN) - President Bush used executive privilege to deny access to the testimony of two former aides who Congress wants to talk to about the firing of federal prosecutors.
The White House did offer to make available former counsel Harriet Miers and former political director Sara Taylor for private, off-the-record interviews. White House counsel Fred Fielding said in a letter that the President was acting in good faith and thus did not need to explain the basis for invoking executive privilege.
In a letter sent before a 10 am deadline imposed by Sen. Patrick Leahy, Democratic Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Panel, Fielding stated that "The president feels compelled to assert executive privilege with respect to the testimony sought from Sara M. Taylor and Harriet E. Miers."
Sen. Leahy demanded to see logs and records relating to the testimony, but Fielding refused.
Rep. Jim Conyers (D-MI) strongly objected to the use of executive privilege. "Contrary what the White House may believe, it is the Congress and the courts that will decide whether an invocation of Executive Privilege is valid, not the White House unilaterally,"
The latest power struggle between the executive and legislative branches comes amid renewed tension over the Iraq War with majority Democrats and some key Republicans voicing strong opposition.
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