Dems Tired Of White House BS/Stonewalling
June 29, 2007
Washington, DC - Democrats in Congress, sick and tired of White House stonewalling and excuses, demanding detailed reasoning behind President Bush's refusal to comply with subpoenas requesting documents about the firings of several U.S. attorneys last year.
In a letter to White House Counsel Fred Fielding, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy gave the president 10 days to provide "the specific factual and legal bases for your claims regarding each document withheld" before they move to proceedings that could find the White House in contempt of Congress and vowed to invoke "the full force of law."
The White House responded that the administration has already provided "extraordinary accommodation" to the committees' investigation.
"The Justice Department has shown extraordinary accommodation to the committees -- amounting to mountains of documents, countless hours of hearings and interviews." White House spokesman Tony Fratto said Friday. "If the committees just want the facts, then they should withdraw the subpoenas and accept the president's offer, instead of this continued pattern of gross overreach and confrontation."
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