The White House chief of staff faced possible contempt charges after a congressional panel on Thursday ruled as invalidIf the White House doesn't yield and produce the documents, the full bid to limit the probe of the firing of federal prosecutors. could vote to hold and Miers in contempt of Congress. If the entire House then concurs, the case would be referred to a U.S. attorney to seek grand jury indictment.
On a party-line vote of 7-3, a Democratic-led House of Representatives Judiciary subcommittee rejected Bush's contention that his claim of executive privilege shields the top aide, Joshua Bolten, from having to turn over subpoenaed documents.
"Those claims are not legally valid," said panel Chairwoman , a California Democrat...
Last week the panel moved toward contempt proceedings against former White House counsel after she declined to appear at a hearing. It rejected Bush's claim that Miers did not have to show up.
Oh, and Alberto Gonzales still has some troubles of his own.