House Panel Schedules Contempt Vote

Executive privilege battle looms in US attorney firings probe
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 24, 2007 9:35 AM CDT
House Panel Schedules Contempt Vote
Former White House counsel Harriet Miers begins her courtesy calls on the Senate, in this Oct. 3, 2005, file photo, in Washington. President George W. Bush ordered Miers to defy a congressional subpoena and refuse to testify Thursday, July 11, 2007, before a House panel investigating U.S. attorney firings....   (Associated Press)

Congress is speeding toward a constitutional collision with the White House over the US attorney firings, the Washington Post reports. The House Judiciary Committee votes tomorrow on contempt citations against current chief of staff Joshua Bolten and ex-counsel Harriet Miers. President Bush has said he will challenge any attempt to prosecute them.

Both Bolten and Miers stonewalled congressional demands for information after the president invoked executive privilege. Meanwhile, Alberto Gonzales is expected to tell the committee's Senate counterpart today that he plans to ignore calls for his resignation and "fix the problems" plaguing the Justice Department. The AG has said he was not closely involved in the firings. (More John Conyers stories.)

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