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House holds Bush confidants in contempt
Yahoo News/AP
February 14, 2008

WASHINGTON - The House has voted to hold two of President Bush's confidants in contempt for failing to cooperate with an inquiry into whether federal prosecutors were ousted for political reasons.

Angry Republicans boycotted the vote and staged a walkout.

The 223-32 vote Thursday targets presidential chief of staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers. The citations charge Miers with failing to testify and accuse her and Bolten of refusing Congress' demands for documents related to the 2006-2007 firings.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Angry House Republicans are boycotting a vote to hold two presidential confidants in contempt for failing to cooperate with an inquiry into whether federal prosecutors were ousted for political reasons.

Most Republicans walked out of the chamber just before the vote. They say Democrats should instead be using the time to extend a law — set to expire Saturday — allowing the government to eavesdrop on phone calls and e-mails in the United States in cases of suspected terrorist activity.

The contempt citations are against presidential chief of staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers. Both refused to comply with congressional subpoenas for information on the 2006-2007 firings.

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