Friday, January 05, 2007

Harriet Miers Resigns As White House Counsel

WASHINGTON -- The White House lawyer President Bush tried but failed to place on the Supreme Court has quit her job.

Officials say Harriet Miers has submitted her resignation as White House counsel, effective at the end of the month.

Asked why she's leaving, Press Secretary Tony Snow replied, "Basically, she has been here six years."

Miers was nominated in October 2005 to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the high court.

But GOP activists questioned her qualifications and commitment to conservative causes, and the rebellion forced the White House to drop the nomination.

Snow said Miers' departure as White House counsel does not signal an exodus of top officials.

Asked if other resignations are imminent, he replied, "I'm aware of none and anticipate none."


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