Thursday, August 16, 2007

Leahy to Bush: Can We Talk

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy has tried a new tactic in an attempt to obtain information from the White House about the firing of nine U.S. Attorneys in 2006: a request for a sit-down meeting with the President, just the two of them -- with various aides hovering nearby, no doubt.  Leahy sent a letter (here) to President Bush that states:

I have sent numerous letters to your White House counsel to no avail.  For example, in a May 16 letter to Fred Fielding I outlined some of the indications of Karl Rove’s involvement.  Yet, all of my good faith efforts have been rebuffed.  The stonewalling leaves me and the Senate Judiciary Committee with few options other than considering citations for contempt of Congress against those who have refused to provide relevant testimony and documents to the Congress. 

Senator Specter has urged me to write to you directly and suggest that we sit down together to work out our differences with respect to this matter.  That is the purpose of this letter.

No word yet whether Joan Rivers will handle the red carpet duties if a meeting is scheduled.  With the departure of key Presidential aide Karl Rove in the near future, it is not clear whether the White House will be any more conciliatory on providing information, and the odds are certainly against much cooperation between the two branches. (ph)

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