June 15, 2009
Miers Deposed By House Panel Looking Into Attorney Firings
Former White House Counsel Harriet Miers testifies, behind closed
doors, after months of wrangling between Congress and members of the
In a low-key session on Capitol Hill, former White House Counsel
Harriet Miers was deposed Monday by House Judiciary Committee staffers
probing the alleged politicization of the Bush Justice Department.
Miers testified, behind closed doors, after months of wrangling
between Congress and former members of the Bush administration.
Congress is looking into allegations that the Bush administration went
after U.S. attorneys who weren't on the same political wavelength as
the former president -- Miers was drawn in because former Attorney
General Alberto Gonzales asked her to consider implementing a
"targeted" system for "removal and replacement" in the Justice
Initially, Miers refused to appear when the House and Senate Judiciary
Committees subpoenaed her and other officials to testify about their
role in the firings.
The House eventually voted to hold Miers and former White House Chief
of Staff Josh Bolten in contempt of Congress.