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US attorney general says no probe of Bush chief of staff, ex-White House counsel

US attorney general says no probe of Bush chief of staff, ex-White House counsel

U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey rejected on Friday a request to refer to a federal grand jury contempt citations from the House of Representatives against President George W. Bush's top aide and a former White House counsel. Mukasey said they committed no crime.
He said White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former presidential counsel Harriet Miers were right in refusing to provide Congress White House documents or testify about firings of federal prosecutors.
"The department will not bring the congressional contempt citations before a grand jury or take any other action to prosecute Mr. Bolten or Ms. Miers," Mukasey wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat.
The House voted two weeks ago to cite Bolten and Mukasey for contempt of Congress and seek a grand jury investigation. Most Republicans boycotted the vote.
Pelosi requested the grand jury investigation on Thursday and gave Mukasey a week to reply. She said the House would file a civil suit seeking enforcement of the contempt citations if federal prosecutors refused to seek misdemeanor charges against Bolten and Miers.
Mukasey took only a day to get back to her. But he had earlier joined his predecessor, Alberto Gonzales, in telling lawmakers they would refuse to refer any contempt citations to prosecutors because Bolten and Miers were acting at Bush's instruction.


Updated : 2021-07-25 15:36 GMT+08:00