A House committee voted along party lines to cite Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over documents sought by the panel investigating the botched gun-running sting called Operation Fast and Furious. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama entered the dispute by asserting executive privilege over the documents sought by committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California.
Reliability -- that was the watchword for President George W. Bush when it came to legacy-making choices for the Supreme Court. Reliability in both the person he wanted for the high court, and in the selection process itself.
If she's confirmed, Solicitor General Elena Kagan would become the fourth woman to sit on the Supreme Court. If not, at least she'll earn a spot on a future version of this list -- nominees who didn't make it to the bench, at least on their first try.
Videos of Elena Kagan show she raised questions about Harriet Miers and praised Barack Obama.
The destruction of nearly 100 videotapes showing the harsh interrogation of two al Qaeda detainees in 2005 triggered concerns within the CIA over whether it was adequately cleared, according to newly released documents.
If history is any guide, the White House could announce its nominee to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens within days.
White House e-mails and transcripts of closed-door interviews with former Bush aides Karl Rove and Harriet Miers reveal involvement as early as May 2005 by Rove's office in the 2006 firings of nine U.S. attorneys.
From the moment Justice David Souter announced he'd be stepping down, Washington has been gearing up for a confirmation fight. But as Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Judge Sonia Sotomayor yesterday, "Unless you have a complete meltdown, you are going to get confirmed."
Former White House political adviser Karl Rove and counsel Harriet Miers have agreed to face questions from Congress about allegations of improper political influence in the Justice Department, the House Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday.
Former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and President Bush's current Chief of Staff Josh Bolten do not have to cooperate -- at least this year -- with a congressional committee investigating the firings of U.S. Attorneys, a three-judge federal appeals panel in Washington ruled Monday.
The new special prosecutor who will investigate the 2006 firings of eight U.S. attorneys will be given virtually complete independence, the Justice Department said Friday.
Congress can force White House aides to testify under subpoena, a U.S. District Court ruled Thursday, rejecting Bush administration claims of immunity.
The House Judiciary Committee on Monday filed a lawsuit against White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers aimed at forcing them to provide information about the firings of nine U.S. attorneys.
U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey Friday said he will not ask a federal grand jury to investigate whether two top Bush administration officials should be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday requested that a federal grand jury be appointed to investigate whether a top White House official and former official should be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.
The House voted Thursday to hold White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House lawyer Harriet Miers in contempt in its probe of the 2006 firings of U.S. attorneys.
The Justice Department and the CIA will jointly investigate the destruction of videotapes of CIA interrogations of two al Qaeda suspects, a top official said.
The Justice Dept. and the CIA will jointly look into the CIA's destruction of videotapes. CNN's Gary Nurenberg reports.
A Senate Democratic leader said Sunday the attorney general should appoint a special counsel to investigate the CIA's destruction of videotaped interrogations of two suspected terrorists
Though Congress is on vacation, majority Democrats are keeping alive various fights with the White House with one common thread: Congress' access to administration documents and testimony to which President Bush has claimed executive privilege.
The White House has invoked executive privilege to keep President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, from having to testify Thursday about the firings of at least eight U.S. attorneys.
Rove to be subpoenaed
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy said Thursday he will subpoena White House political adviser Karl Rove to testify about the firings of federal prosecutors.
Senator grills ex-Bush aide
Contempt of Congress
Defending executive privilege
The White House on Monday reiterated its claim of executive privilege in the firings of federal prosecutors, saying former aides would not comply with congressional subpoenas for their testimony.
The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to cite two White House aides -- one current, one former -- for contempt of Congress, another step toward a constitutional showdown between the Democratic-controlled Congress and the Bush administration.
Snow: Citations 'pathetic'
Subpoenas are being issued to two former White House officials, the first to be subpoenaed in the fired U.S. attorneys investigation.
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee may have spent Thursday grilling Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' former chief of staff, but many of their questions were directed at a man not even in the room -- Karl Rove.
A 16-day gap in e-mail records between the Justice Department and the White House concerning the firing of U.S. attorneys last year has attracted the attention of congressional investigators.
An incompetent attorney general, who says he wasn't fully aware that nearly 10 percent of the U.S. attorneys who work for him throughout the country were being fired and permitted the 110,000-person Justice Department that he leads to give inaccurate information at best, or simply lie about it at worst, to the Congress and the American people, has the full confidence of the president who's lost the confidence of most people.
House Democrats voted Wednesday to give their leaders the authority to force White House officials to testify on the firings of U.S. attorneys.
President Bush on Tuesday reiterated his support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in the midst of the scandal over whether the firings of at least seven U.S. attorneys were politically motivated.
The Department of Justice Monday delivered to Congress more than 3,000 pages of e-mails and other documentation regarding the firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year.
Amid growing calls for his resignation, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales apologized to the nation's U.S. attorneys for his handling of the firings of eight people who used to hold the position, according to a Justice Department spokesman.
In the midst of a mushrooming controversy over the firings of eight U.S. attorneys, the question of whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales can hang on to his job is now front and center in Washington -- creating a possibly thorny dilemma for his boss, President Bush.
The House Judiciary Committee will vote on whether to subpoena current and former White House officials over the firings of federal prosecutors, the panel's chairman said Friday.
Newly revealed White House e-mails show President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, and then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales were involved in discussions of a shakeup of U.S. attorneys before Gonzales became attorney general.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday that "mistakes were made" in the dismissals of several federal prosecutors, but rejected Democrats' calls for his resignation on the same day that his chief of staff stepped down.
An e-mail from the Justice Department's Kyle Sampson in March 2005 laid out a simple formula for evaluating whether the 93 U.S. attorneys should stay or go.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday "mistakes were made" regarding the firing of eight U.S. attorneys and he accepts responsibility for the ordeal.
Republicans in Congress have had their differences with President Bush before.
Forget the proposal -- a repeat of one he made three years ago -- to move toward hydrogen-powered automobiles, an idea that might blossom into reality around 2020 and does nothing before then to reduce America's junkie-like addiction to fossil fuel.
Before auld acquaintance is forgot, let's bring to mind the political Plays of the Year, for auld lang syne.
Miami lawyer Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. attorney and frequent CNN guest analyst, takes a wry look at the best and worst the legal world had to offer in 2005.
Worried Republican leaders from both the House and Senate cleared out staffers Wednesday for the first night of their three-day retreat on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to discuss their anxiety about the question of ethics.
Roughly two-thirds of the people questioned in a recent poll on abortion supported parental and spousal notification but opposed a constitutional amendment to ban the practice altogether.
I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I FEEL very sad for Harriet Miers. She got so close to a really good job, one that would quite literally have set her up for life, and then poof! There it went. No can d...
President Bush -- who had wanted an up-or-down vote on his Supreme Court nominee, Samuel Alito, by the end of the year -- said Friday he was disappointed that hearings on his nominee will not begin until January.
Confirmation hearings are to begin in January for Samuel Alito, President Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court seat held by retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday.
You have to wonder sometimes why Presidents even run for re-election, given how things usually turn out. Second terms have a way of veering into wild and menacing terrain, spiked with indictments and scandals and betrayal and grief. Some friends become less friendly because they know you are on your way to retirement while they are on their way to the next campaign. Your team gets tired, the ideas stale, and the fumes of power more toxic.
One reason I like people who run for political office is that, unlike most of us who go to great lengths to avoid even the slightest snub, candidates willingly risk very public rejection.
While Republicans and Democrats geared up for a potential confirmation battle over Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, one moderate GOP senator said Democrats didn't have the necessary ammunition to shoot down the nomination.
Political observers are bracing for a firestorm with President Bush's most recent nomination to the Supreme Court, but business groups are likely to back the candidate hailed for his staunchly conservative record.
Conservatives lauded President Bush on Monday for his choice of Judge Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court, while liberals signaled a contentious confirmation hearing is ahead for the nominee.
President Bush is expected Monday to name his nominee to replace Sandra Day O'Connor, who is retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court, senior administration officials told CNN Sunday.
As the White House turns its attention to finding a new Supreme Court nominee, conservative activists relieved at Harriet Miers' withdrawal are vowing to oppose President Bush's next nominee unless the candidate has solid conservative credentials.
Americans surveyed in a national poll Thursday expressed mixed feelings about White House counsel Harriet Miers' withdrawal as a nominee for the Supreme Court.
Following are brief statements Thursday in reaction to the withdrawal of Harriet Miers as President Bush's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court:
The withdrawal of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers followed weeks of criticism from some of Bush's supporters, who wanted a nominee with a clear conservative record.
President Bush's choice for Supreme Court justice nominee, Harriet Miers, withdrew from consideration Thursday -- a nominee who had come under fire from both conservatives and liberals.
Following is a statement by President Bush released Thursday on his acceptance of Harriet Miers' withdrawal as a Supreme Court nominee:
Following are brief statements Thursday in reaction to the withdrawal of Harriet Miers as President Bush's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court:
Harriet Miers took her name out of consideration for the Supreme Court on Thursday amid a brewing showdown over White House documents. But some lawmakers and observers suggest that the impasse was simply the most graceful exit possible for a floundering nominee.
President Bush on Thursday accepted the withdrawal of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers after weeks of opposition from both liberals and conservatives, who questioned her qualifications and record.
President Bush on Monday nominated Ben Bernanke to succeed Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, whose term is set to expire at the end of January.
Harriet Miers can ill afford to lose any more support.
Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers' confirmation by the Senate looks doubtful, according to an online site where traders can bet on future events.
George W. Bush's agents have convinced conservative Republican senators who were heartsick over his nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court that they must support her to save his presidency.
As the White House renewed its attempts to rally backing for Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, her views -- or non-views -- on a key privacy case appeared to ignite more controversy.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said Monday that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers told him in a private meeting that she believed the 1965 case of Griswold vs. Connecticut -- a landmark ruling establishing the right to privacy -- was "rightly decided."
The White House began a renewed attempt Monday to rally backing for Harriet Miers, whose nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court has failed to attract widespread support from any part of the political spectrum.
Get ready for a whole new Harriet.
Harriet Miers won't ask President Bush to withdraw her nomination to the Supreme Court despite sharp criticism from some of Bush's conservative allies, White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Thursday.
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert is an old wrestler, and last Thursday night he used a classic move of his sport by quickly reversing positions.
When it comes to picking a successor to Alan Greenspan, whose term ends Jan. 31, leading Fed watchers are saying this is one time to expect the expected.
President Bush suggested Wednesday that Harriet Miers' evangelical Christian beliefs were part of the reason he nominated her to the Supreme Court. But later a White House spokesman said her religion played no role in her selection.
With an even thinner paper trail than John Roberts', Harriet Miers has left both supporters and opponents guessing.
Among the rarest honors that President Bush bestows is induction into the Hundred Degree Club.
The nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court drew testy comments Sunday from conservatives who leveled their ire at other conservatives.
When ambitious members of the president's own party score points against him, it's a sign the president may be becoming a lame duck.
Two questions were asked in conservative circles Monday when it was learned President Bush had nominated his lawyer, Harriet Miers, for the Supreme Court. Question No. 1: "Is this what we fought for?" Question No. 2: "What was he thinking?"
Americans, particularly conservatives, are less supportive of President Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court than they initially were for his nomination of John Roberts, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Tuesday night.
President Bush said Tuesday he has never discussed abortion with White House counsel Harriet Miers, his nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
In his first solo press conference since May, President Bush on Tuesday went to bat for Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers and addressed a range of other issues facing the nation.
In his first solo press conference since May, President Bush on Tuesday laid out his case for Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers and addressed several other pressing issues facing the nation.
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers gave mixed answers on same-sex rights in a questionnaire she filled out from a Texas gay rights group during her successful 1989 run for the Dallas City Council.
Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers Monday paid courtesy calls to senators who will decide her confirmation, while her lack of experience as a judge prompted a cautious reaction from conservatives and liberals.
Conservatives and liberals reacted cautiously Monday to President Bush's nomination of White House counsel Harriet Miers, noting her lack of experience as a judge and the absence of a record that definitively demonstrates her judicial philosophy.
President Bush nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers on Monday to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
The Supreme Court convened for a new session Monday with a number of cases on its docket that could have a huge impact on the business world.
The Supreme Court's 2005-2006 term got off to an eventful start on Monday with John Roberts hearing his first case as chief justice of the United States and President Bush naming his pick to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Use this explainer to help students understand the role of the judicial branch of the U.S. government and the U.S. Supreme Court, topics relevant to current news.
Sandra Day O'Connor's surprise resignation unleashes a battle over whether the high court will gain a new swing vote or a solid-right.