White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A House Judiciary subcommittee Thursday voted 7-3 to recommend contempt charges against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten.
It is the latest salvo in the ongoing battle between Democrats in Congress and the White House over the release of documents related to the controversial firings of eight U.S. attorneys.
The charges must still be voted on by the full committee, among other steps, before they could officially be filed.
Chairman John Conyers, D-Michigan, said in his opening statement to the committee, “The White House must understand that executive privilege is by no means absolute, and it must respect the important oversight obligations that we have to the American people. Non-compliance with our subpoena has stalled our ability to get to the heart of this very serious matter. It is regrettable that this process has reached this point, and it will undoubtedly cause us to consider further actions.”
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino told CNN, “It's unfortunate that the committee continues down this path, rather than accepting our offer of accommodation. That a president should be able to receive candid and confidential advice from his aides rests on solid legal ground. This principle, embedded in the separation of powers in the Constitution, applies equally to all three branches. We've seen this before – it's the umpteenth act in their ongoing show.”
– CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk