Conyers to Bush: Follow Clinton and waive executive privilege for Libby hearing – Click here to read the whole article
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) released a letter on Monday that he wrote last week asking President George W. Bush to waive his invocation of executive privilege for a Wednesday hearing on the commuting of former top White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s jail sentence.
Conyers asked Bush to follow in the footsteps of Presidents Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford relating to similar congressional probes.
“When President Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich stirred its own controversy back in 2001, former President Clinton took the forthright step of waiving Executive Privilege and permitting some of his closest aides to testify about the facts of the matter,” he said in the July 6 letter to the White House.
He added, “It is in this spirit that I call on you too to waive Executive Privilege and provide the relevant documents and testimony of any relevant aides regarding the decision to commute Mr. Libby’s sentence. Given that President Ford testified before our committee in 1974 about his pardon of President Nixon, there is ample precedent for you taking such a step.”