New Conyers, Leahy Letter to White House Gives July 9 Deadline To Comply on Attorney-Firings Records

30 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><p>June 30, 2007 (LPAC)--Yesterday, House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) and his Senate counterpart, Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) replied to the White House's assertion of executive privilege to withhold documents relating to the firing of U.S. attorneys, with a letter demanding that the White House provide factual and legal bases for the claim for each document that is being withheld. "The veil of secrecy you have attempted to pull over the White House by withholding documents and witnesses is unprecedented and damaging to the tradition of open government by and for the people that has been the hallmark of the Republic," they write. They note that information already provided by the Justice Department, "heightens our concern about the involvement of White House officials in these firings and in the inaccurate testimony given to our Committees about them, including possible obstruction of justice and other violations of federal law."</p><p>The letter demands that the White House either turn over the documents compelled by the Congressional subpoenas or the Administration should provide a legal and factual justification for each document withheld. Conyers and Leahy warned White House Counsel Fred Fielding, that he has until July 9 to comply, "before we move to proceedings to rule on your claims and consider whether the White House is in contempt of Congress."</p></div></body>