Harriet Miers refused to appear before yesterday's 5pm deadline.
Former White House Counsel Harriet Miers has again rejected calls from the House Judiciary Committee to comply with a subpoena for her testimony on the firing of 9 US Attorneys in 2006 and 2007. The Committee had set a deadline of 5 PM for Miers to explain how she would comply with the subpoena.
"In light of the continuing directives to Ms. Miers and as previously indicated to your Committee, I must respectfully inform you that, directed as she has been to honor the Executive privileges and immunities asserted in this matter, Ms. Miers will not appear before the Committee or otherwise produce documents or provide testimony as set forth in the Committee's subpoena," wrote Miers' attorney, George Manning, in a letter delivered Tuesday to Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Crooks and Liars weighed in Monday, commenting on the Keith Olbermann interview with Constitutional law scholar Jonathan Turley:
Former White House Counsel Harriet Miers defied a Congressional subpoena last week and Congress is considering charging her with contempt of Congress. As we find out on Monday's "Countdown," if the DoJ does not uphold a contempt charge it is believed they will circumvent Alberto Gonzales and charge Miers with Inherent Contempt. According to Jonathan Turley, if charged with Inherent Contempt, Miers would be arrested by the Sergeant-At-Arms, frog marched directly to Congress and tried on the spot.
Inherent Contempt - it has a nice ring to it.
Crooks and Liars again:
On the topic of the Bush Administration's grotesque and unforgivable handling and cover up of Pat Tillman's death, Turley is as animated as I've ever seen him. He, like most Americans, is shocked at how the president has tortured Tillman's family by stonewalling the investigation.
Turley: "The White House seems to be invoking executive privilege if anyone is within a twenty-five mile radius of the building. It's as clever and as elegant as a meat cleaver. It is a rather bad way to go about this. Past presidents have compromised. On something like Tillman, I don't think past presidents would have said 'let's fight this out.'"
Here's the (5:38) video clip of Olbermann and Turley on these two subjects. Click on the 'play; button in the lower left-hand corner to play the video.
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