August 27, 2008 2:03 p.m. EST
Kris Alingod - AHN News Writer
Washington, D.C. (AHN) - A federal judge has rejected the Justice Department's request to stay a court ruling requiring top presidential aides to testify and provide documents to Congress about allegedly politically-motivated dismissals of nine federal attorneys in 2006.
U.S. District Judge John Bates rejected a motion filed by the department earlier this month asking that his earlier ruling on executive immunity be delayed until an appeal is heard. Bates said last month that presidential chief of staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers were not immune from subpoenas from Congress.
Bolten had been asked by lawmakers to provide documents, and Miers to testify, about the 2006 dismissals. Both officials refused to comply with subpoenas, citing executive privilege.