Washington, DC (Rotters) – In a stunning, yet possibly calculated move, the President’s personal attorney Harriet Miers withdrew her name for consideration for a position on the US Supreme Court. At approximately 8:30 this morning she submitted to President Bush personally a one page letter requesting that she be removed from consideration for the nomination. White House sources stated that this was a completely personal decision, but it comes amid the controversy of her very recommendation by the President as well as the highly likely indictments of administration officials I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby and Karl Rove as early as tomorrow morning in regards to the Valerie Plame affair.
The nomination of Ms. Miers was controversial from the outset and succeeded in alienating a large portion of the President’s conservative Republican base, while unnerving and eliciting no real support from the Democratic minority. The Bush Administration was immediately dogged by accusations of cronyism by both parties. Information from anonymous White House sources indicated that this may have been a very calculated move to retain the services of Ms. Miers as White House Counsel in light of the impending indictments tomorrow. It has been a real puzzle to many experts over just why this nomination has been so disturbing in addition to Ms. Miers lack of qualifications.
Ms. Miers gave a short speech to reporters present this morning in which she pledged her continued loyalty and service to Mr. Bush. Ms. Miers appeared serious, and perhaps a bit saddened and angry throughout the presentation, while President Bush appeared relieved, and almost happy.
The White House refused further comment as Ms. Miers was spirited away, ostensibly to deal with events breaking tomorrow.