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White House replaces Miers with trusted liar, Fred Fielding (9/11 Commission Member), as White House Counsel

from the Washington Post:
Bush Picks Reagan White House Counsel Fielding to Succeed Miers
By Peter Baker

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 9, 2007; Page A04

President Bush has selected Fred F. Fielding to be his White House counsel, recruiting a seasoned Washington veteran to represent the president with Democratic congressional investigators and reprise the job he held under Ronald Reagan, sources close to the process said yesterday.

The White House plans to announce the appointment today just days after longtime Bush loyalist Harriet Miers was eased out as the president's top lawyer in preparation for the anticipated struggle with a new Democratic Congress eager to investigate the administration. A White House official confirmed the appointment but insisted on anonymity because it has not been announced.

Fielding, 67, brings the experience and political heft that White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten has been seeking to counter any aggressive moves to probe the most controversial decisions of the Bush presidency. Smooth and soft-spoken yet battle-hardened, Fielding is considered a Republican "wise man" who Bush aides believe will be able to negotiate compromise without surrendering on the most important priorities.

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