President Bush's move yesterday to block congressional testimony by two former aides provoked immediate condemnations from Democratic lawmakers and escalated a confrontation between the White House and Capitol Hill over the dismissals of nine U.S. attorneys.
White House counsel Fred F. Fielding informed lawmakers in a letter yesterday that Bush was asserting exective privelage for the second time in two weeks regarding requested testimony by former counsel Harriet E. Miers and former political director Sara M. Taylor about the prosecutor firings.
Fielding wrote that Bush was acting "to protect a fundamental interest of the presidency" by preserving the confidentiality of internal deliberations "with others inside and outside the Executive Branch." Fielding also rejected a demand for a more detailed accounting of Bush's privelage claim."The King doth not answer questions from peasants, 'specially if they're from the opposition party. Why? 'Cause they're just a buncha librul cut-'n'-run types. I don't care if I look like Nixon. He said the law was just a suggestion, an' that works for me. Yours in Christ, The Decider, King George."