Separation of Powers
U.S. Atty. Report Cites Wrongdoing
Posted Jul 25, 2007 11:01 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A new report says a probe into the firing of nine U.S. attorneys has uncovered serious evidence of wrongdoing by staff in the Justice Department and White House.
The report was issued by House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr., D-Mich. It concludes that administration officials may have obstructed justice and violated laws that protect civil service employees, prohibit political retaliation and preserve presidential records, the Washington Post reports.
The report also claims that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and some of his senior aides "appear to have made false or misleading statements to Congress, many of which sought to minimize the role of White House personnel.”
White House deputy press secretary Tony Fratto said the committee has little to show for its months of hearings into the firings. "Repeating unsubstantiated assertions over and over again won't make them come true,” he told the Post.
Updated: The House Judiciary Committee has voted to forward to the full House a recommendation to issue contempt citations against former White House counsel Harriet Miers and White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten.