Sen. Salazar Calls On White House To Release Information On Miers

Denver (AP) Colorado Senator Ken Salazar is expressing concern that the White House won't give lawmakers, or the public, enough information about Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers to allow senators to make an informed decision about her.

Salazar is back in the state Tuesday, saying he wishes the process of nominating federal judicial candidates mirrored the process in Colorado, where a nominating commission releases a list of recommendations to the public at the same time it goes to the Governor.

Salazar says he's keeping an open mind about Miers, but the
Capitol Hill Democrat says he wants to know a lot more about the White House counsel.

President Bush suggested during his own news conference Tuesday morning that the White House would claim executive privilege. That means the White House would refuse to turn over Miers' paperwork from the counsel's office.

Bush says he thinks Democrats will call for the documents to distract Americans from what he says is the important point, whether Miers would be a good judge, but Salazar says that's not good enough, and that senators have the right to know a lot about a person who might be given a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

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