WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House Counsel Fred Fielding sent a letter Monday to Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. John Conyers reiterating the White House's refusal to comply with the subpoena for documents related to the U.S. attorneys controversy, White House spokesman Tony Snow told CNN.
Democrats had set Monday morning as a deadline for Fielding to at least provide a log of what documents the White House is withholding and to provide further justification for why the White House is asserting executive privilege.
Snow said Fielding refused on both counts - he will not turn over a log of documents and will point out that the White House previously explained its justification for executive privilege by releasing letters on June 28 from Fielding and the solicitor general.
"We've shown an extraordinary amount of accommodation," said a White House official. "It's clear to us what the Democrats want is a confrontation."
In June, the Judiciary committees in the House and Senate issued subpoenas for former White House employees as the probe into last year's firings of eight U.S. attorneys was ratcheted to a new level.
They were the first subpoenas issued for former White House employees since the U.S. Justice Department dismissed seven of those lawyers in December.
– CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry