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Ex-Counsel Miers Won’t Testify

Posted Jul 12, 2007 9:53 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Former White House counsel Harriet Miers will refuse to appear before the House Judiciary Committee today.

A letter to the committee claims Miers has “absolute immunity” from being forced to testify because the president has asserted executive privilege, the Washington Post reports.

The committee was seeking Miers’ testimony about the firings of at least eight federal prosecutors.

Yesterday, former White House political director Sara Taylor cited executive privilege in refusing to testify about conversations within the administration and Justice Department.

She did testify, though, that she never spoke with President Bush about plans for the firings. (See this ABAJournal.com post for more information.) Democrats said the revelation could undermine the president’s executive privilege claim, since he was not involved in the conversations.

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