The Bush Administration, like the Nixon Administration before it, has consistently refused to allow present or former members of the Administration and White House staff to respond to Congressional subpoenas to testify under oath on the most critical issues of constitutionality of its actions. Attorney General Mukasey has also refused to present Congressional contempt citations to Harriet Miers and Joshua Bolten, issued for failing to respond to subpoenas.
- Subpoena Watch: Will the White House Answer Congress' Demands?, updated October 16, 2007, ACLU.
Today, after months of ignoring congressional subpoenas, the Bush administration submitted selected documents on domestic spying to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Even though an entirely different Senate Committee — the Senate Judiciary Committee — still has outstanding subpoenas for a full and public airing of that information.
The ACLU is calling on Leahy and Congress to hold the White House in contempt...
- White House Subpoenas, June 27, 2007, AP report on MSNBC.
A Senate panel is demanding some documents from the White House and from Vice President Cheney's office.
The Judiciary Committee today issued a subpoena for documents related to President Bush's program involving eavesdropping without warrants.
The subpoenas also name the Justice Department and the National Security Council.
- House panel takes White House subpoena case to federal court, April 10, 2008, USA Today.
- Bush Won't Supply Subpoenaed Documents, June 28, 2007, Terence Hunt, Huffington Post.
Bush rejected subpoenas for documents from former presidential counsel Harriet Miers and former political director Sara Taylor. The White House made clear neither one would testify next month, as directed by the subpoenas.