Harriet E. Miers Esq.
May 2009: "All three of Mr. Bush’s Supreme Court nominees — Samuel A. Alito Jr., Harriet E. Miers and John G. Roberts Jr. — were current or former executive branch lawyers whose records suggested a robust view of presidential power. Ms. Miers’s nomination was withdrawn."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/25/us/politics/25power.html
January 2009: "The Bush administration has blocked subpoenas from Congress for documents and testimony by White House officials in that case, citing executive privilege. Last week, Mr. Conyers reissued the subpoenas to Mr. Bush’s chief of staff, Joshua B. Bolten, and his former White House counsel, Harriet E. Miers, in the name of the new Congress, ensuring that a lawsuit over the dispute will stay alive into the Obama presidency."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/12/us/politics/12inquire.html
September 2008: 'The Justice Department released a nearly 400-page report with this jaw-dropping bottom line: "Our investigation found significant evidence that political partisan considerations were an important factor in the removal of several . . . U.S. attorneys."....The investigators wanted to ask White House political czar Karl Rove, White House counsel Harriet Miers, Goodling, Domenici and Domenici's chief of staff about any role they played in Iglesias's dismissal. All refused to be interviewed.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/29/AR2008092902663.html
May 2008: "Mr. Rove’s lawyer also noted that the House committee was engaged in a similar conflict with Harriet E. Miers, the former White House counsel, who has also declined to provide voluntary testimony about the dismissals of the federal prosecutors and has defied a subpoena. That issue has landed in federal court, and Mr. Luskin said the Rove matter should await the resolution of that case."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/23/washington/23rove.html
October 2005: President Bush said yesterday that it was appropriate for the White House to invoke Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers's religion in making the case for her to skeptical conservatives, triggering a debate over what role, if any, her evangelical faith should play in the confirmation battle.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/12/AR2005101201381.html
October 2005: "The nomination of White House counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court has sparked debate over her qualifications. Does she have the intellectual heft and constitutional dexterity necessary for the job? And how does her experience compare to the résumés and stature of prior justices?"
Role Name Type Last Updated Organization Executive (past or present) White House (Presidential advisory staff) Organization Oct 12, 2005 Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) President George W. Bush Person Oct 12, 2005 Succeeded by Fred F. Fielding Esq. Person Dec 25, 2008
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Aug 11, 2009 Transcripts, E-Mails Detail Campaign to Oust U.S. Attorney
QUOTE: The dismissal of New Mexico U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias in December 2006 followed extensive communication among lawyers and political aides in the White House who hashed over complaints about his work on public corruption cases against Democrats, according to newly released e-mails and transcripts of closed-door House testimony by former Bush counsel Harriet Miers and political chief Karl Rove.
Washington Post May 24, 2009 New Justice Could Hold the Key to Presidential Power
QUOTE: “We’re losing one of the court’s strongest leaders on the side of limiting executive power to reasonable bounds. If the person who replaces Souter is different than him, the balance of power may shift.”
New York Times Jan 11, 2009 Obama Reluctant to Look Into Bush Programs
QUOTE: President-elect Barack Obama signaled in an interview broadcast Sunday that he was unlikely to authorize a broad inquiry into Bush administration programs like domestic eavesdropping or the treatment of terrorism suspects. But Mr. Obama also said prosecutions would proceed if the Justice Department found evidence that laws had been broken.
New York Times Nov 13, 2008 Bush, Out of Office, Could Oppose Inquiries
QUOTE: a precedent suggesting that former presidents wield lingering powers to keep matters from their administration secret. Now, as Congressional Democrats prepare to move forward with investigations of the Bush administration, they wonder whether that claim may be invoked again.
New York Times Sep 30, 2008 Politics Over Prosecutors
QUOTE: The Justice Department released a nearly 400-page report with this jaw-dropping bottom line: "Our investigation found significant evidence that political partisan considerations were an important factor in the removal of several . . . U.S. attorneys."
Washington Post May 23, 2008 House Panel Subpoenas Rove in Inquiry Into Justice Dept.
QUOTE: Representative John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the committee chairman, said the subpoena was necessary because Mr. Rove had explicitly declined an invitation to appear voluntarily. Mr. Conyers and fellow committee Democrats say they want to question Mr. Rove about the dismissals of several federal prosecutors and ask whether he knows anything about the decision to prosecute former Gov. Donald E. Siegelman of Alabama, a Democrat.
New York Times Jun 21, 2007 Mail Trail: The RNC e-mails as one more White House demerit.
QUOTE: [The June 2007 interim staff report] revealed chronic and flagrant White House violations of the Presidential Records Act of 1978 by employing Republican National Committee e-mail accounts for official business. Then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales stood idly by in a characteristic cerebral stupor.
Slate May 31, 2007 Raging Caging: What the heck is vote caging, and why should we care?
QUOTE: Vote caging is an illegal trick to suppress minority voters (who tend to vote Democrat) by getting them knocked off the voter rolls if they fail to answer registered mail sent to homes they aren't living at (because they are, say, at college or at war).
Slate Mar 18, 2007 Put Out to Scapegoat Pasture
QUOTE: after the unceremonious firing of eight federal prosecutors raised criticism of [Alberto] Gonzales's Justice Department, [D. Kyle] Sampson was again the perfect man for the job -- the job of fall guy .... [the fall guy] has enough power -- and guilt -- to claim a whiff of culpability, or have it claimed for him.
Washington Post Nov 04, 2005 The Dangling Conversation: The one-sided "debate" about judges.
QUOTE: The main attraction of the right wing's relentless attack on the judiciary is that its oversimplified theory of judicial restraint solves its oversimplified problem of unconstrained judges. You have to drill down a lot deeper to see that unconstrained judges are making mischief at either end of the political spectrum, and more urgently, that hogtying judges is not an end in itself.
Slate Oct 13, 2005 Role of Religion Emerges as Issue
QUOTE: President Bush said yesterday that it was appropriate for the White House to invoke Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers's religion in making the case for her to skeptical conservatives, triggering a debate over what role, if any, her evangelical faith should play in the confirmation battle.
Washington Post Oct 07, 2005 Experience needed? The long history of nonjudge justices.
QUOTE: '"The issue has never been most qualified, the issue is qualified." Who is qualified to sit on the Supreme Court is a determination made on a nominee by nominee basis by at least 51 US senators. There are no set rules for qualification.'
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