For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
October 27, 2005
President's Statement on Harriet Miers' Supreme Court Nomination Withdrawal
Today, I have reluctantly accepted Harriet Miers' decision to withdraw her nomination to the Supreme Court of the United
I nominated Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court because of her extraordinary legal experience, her character, and her
conservative judicial philosophy. Throughout her career, she has gained the respect and admiration of her fellow
attorneys. She has earned a reputation for fairness and total integrity. She has been a leader and a pioneer in the
American legal profession. She has worked in important positions in state and local government and in the bar. And for
the last five years, she has served with distinction and honor in critical positions in the Executive Branch.
I understand and share her concern, however, about the current state of the Supreme Court confirmation process. It is
clear that Senators would not be satisfied until they gained access to internal documents concerning advice provided
during her tenure at the White House - disclosures that would undermine a President's ability to receive candid counsel.
Harriet Miers' decision demonstrates her deep respect for this essential aspect of the Constitutional separation of
powers - and confirms my deep respect and admiration for her.
I am grateful for Harriet Miers' friendship and devotion to our country. And I am honored that she will continue to
serve our Nation as White House Counsel.
My responsibility to fill this vacancy remains. I will do so in a timely manner.
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