Lincoln Says Former White House Counsel Should Be Held in Contempt

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Senator Blanche Lincoln says former White House counsel Harriet Miers should be held in contempt for skipping a hearing on the firing of federal prosecutors.

Lincoln, a Democrat, says anyone else would be held in contempt, and Miers should not be different.

Miers obeyed an order from President Bush to not show for a House Judiciary Subcommittee meeting yesterday.  Miers had been subpoenaed by the panel.

Democratic Representative Linda Sanchez of California ruled Bush's executive privilege claim was out of order.  Bush claims his former advisers are immune from being summoned before Congress.

The House Judiciary Subcommittee that Sanchez chairs voted 7-to-5 to back her ruling.  If an agreement with the White House is not reached, the full Judiciary Committee could convene hearings and vote on whether to hold Miers, Bush's longtime friend and former Supreme Court nominee, in contempt.  Ultimately, the full House would have to vote on any contempt citation.

Lincoln spoke yesterday in a teleconference with Arkansas reporters.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)