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February 16, 2009


CBS - The Obama White House is not challenging whether a valid claim of "executive privilege" can keep former presidential advisor Karl Rove from testifying in the matter of the U.S. Attorney firings during the Bush Administration. In a statement provided to CBS News, White House Counsel Gregory Craig says Pres. Obama is "very sympathetic to those who want to find out what happened." But at the same time, Craig makes it clear that Mr. Obama is not disputing the claim of privilege.

"He is also mindful as president of the United States not to do anything that would undermine or weaken the institution of the presidency," Craig says in the statement. . .

During the last days of the Bush presidency, White House Counsel Fred Fielding informed Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, that Mr. Bush was continuing to assert "executive privilege" and directed that Rove not testify or provide documents about the U.S. Attorney firings – even after Pres. Bush left office.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meet the new boss; same as the old boss.

February 17, 2009 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Change I'm starting not to believe in.

February 17, 2009 7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Dubya was in the Executive Branch.

But Cheney wasn't.

But Rove was in the Executive Branch.


I wonder if Biden has made any decisions yet.

February 18, 2009 11:58 AM  

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