December 9, 2007 |
Daniel Bogden had just settled back into his office in Las Vegas early last December after a trip to Washington where he and dozens of other U.S. attorneys attended a conference at the Justice Department on protecting children from crime. It had been an upbeat occasion. The department's No. 2 official gave a rousing speech during a closed-door session in which he praised members of the group as among the finest and most able U.S. attorneys in the department's storied history.
July 30, 2007 |
The controversy surrounding Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales widened last week after FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III gave testimony on Capitol Hill about an administration anti-terrorism program, testimony that seemed to contradict sworn statements made earlier by the attorney general. Now Democrats are alleging that Gonzales lied to Congress and are even calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor by the Justice Department.
July 24, 2007 |
The House Judiciary Committee said Monday that it would move forward with contempt-of-Congress proceedings against President Bush's chief of staff, Joshua Bolten, and former White House Counsel Harriet E. Miers for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas pertaining to the probe of the firing of eight U.S. attorneys last year. Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.
July 18, 2007 |
Former White House Counsel Harriet E. Miers will continue to refuse to appear before a House committee, her lawyer said Tuesday, despite Democrats' threats to hold her in contempt. "Ms. Miers will not appear before the committee or otherwise produce documents or provide testimony," lawyer George T. Manning said in a letter to the committee. The House Judiciary Committee had given Miers, who defied a subpoena to appear before the committee, until Tuesday to change her mind about testifying.
July 10, 2007 |
President Bush's decision to defy congressional demands for documents and testimony in the U.S. attorneys case leaves Democrats with a difficult choice of lowering their sights in the investigation or facing a long and uncertain court fight. The White House told congressional leaders Monday that Bush was asserting executive privilege in refusing them access to senior officials and documents about the firing of eight U.S. attorneys last year.
July 2, 2007 |
The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said Sunday that he was ready to go to court if the White House resisted congressional subpoenas for information on the firing of eight federal prosecutors. "If they don't cooperate, yes, I'd go that far," Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) said on NBC's "Meet the Press." He had been asked whether he would seek a congressional vote on contempt citations if President Bush did not comply. That move would push the matter to court.