Will White House tell Taylor not to comply with subpoena?

Sara Taylor's lawyers alert the Senate Judiciary Committee that the President might not want the former White House staffer to testify next week about the U.S. Attorneys scandal.

By Julia Dahl

Published July 7, 2007 10:25PM (EDT)

If you were looking forward to seeing Sara Taylor testify next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the U.S. Attorneys scandal, you might be in for some disappointment. Taylor, who up until six weeks ago was the Director of the Office of Political Affairs in the White House -- she's also a former top aide to Karl Rove -- is scheduled to appear Wednesday. Earlier today, however, her attorneys emailed Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. and Arlen Specter, R-Pa. (the chairman and ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, respectively) informing them that Ms. Taylor "expects to receive a letter from [counsel to the President] Fred Fielding on behalf of the President directing her not to comply with the Senate's subpoena."

In response, Leahy stood firm: "I look forward to Ms. Taylor testifying next week to comply with a subpoena authorized by the Judiciary Committee. It is unfortunate that the White House is trying to interfere with Ms. Taylor's testimony."

Taylor, 32, has worked for Bush since 1999; she was, according to the Washington Post, one of the first paid employees of his 2000 campaign for president. Her attorney describes her as "unquestionably loyal and committed to the President and his agenda." He goes on to write that he thinks it is "unfair" that she be "the object of an unseemly tug of war" between the legislative and executive branches.

Taylor's co-worker, former White House counsel Harriet Miers, who has also been subpoenaed by the committee, told Raw Story today that she "does not know" if she will appear.

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