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House Panel Schedules Contempt Vote

Executive privilege battle looms in US attorney firings probe
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 24, 2007 9:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – Congress is speeding toward a constitutional collision with the White House over the US attorney firings, the Washington Post reports. The House Judiciary Committee votes tomorrow on contempt citations against current chief of staff Joshua Bolten and ex-counsel Harriet Miers. President Bush has said he will challenge any attempt to prosecute them.

Both Bolten and Miers stonewalled congressional demands for information after the president invoked executive privilege. Meanwhile, Alberto Gonzales is expected to tell the committee's Senate counterpart today that he plans to ignore calls for his resignation and "fix the problems" plaguing the Justice Department. The AG has said he was not closely involved in the firings. (Read more John Conyers stories.)

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