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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Fred F. Fielding
Democratic leaders yesterday challenged President Bush's refusal to respond to congressional subpoenas and said they will take steps toward holding the White House in contempt of Congress.
President Bush yesterday announced that he will cite executive privilege and refuse congressional subpoenas issued earlier this month that sought documents related to the firing of eight federal prosecutors last year.
President Bush today announced that he will not hand over documents related to the firing of eight federal prosecutors last year, citing executive privilege.
The White House yesterday said it has hired several lawyers to help with an increasing number of investigations by the Democratic-controlled Congress, some of which the Bush administration calls "fishing expeditions."
Mr. Rove will not appear before the committee this morning, Mr. Fielding said, because Mr. Rove is such a close adviser to the president that he fits into the legal category of "immediate presidential advisor" and is "immune from compelled Congressional testimony."
White House Counsel Fred F. Fielding said in a letter to Congress that Mr. Rove is such a close adviser to the president that he fits into the legal category of "immediate presidential adviser" and is "immune from compelled congressional testimony."