In an April 19 article on the U.S. attorney firings, The Washington Post noted that Milwaukee U.S. attorney Steven Biskupic secured the conviction of a former Wisconsin state employee, which an appeals court later overturned, but it did not mention that the appeals court ordered the former employee released immediately due to lack of evidence. Additionally, the Post suggested that the Bush administration first disclosed that millions of emails, including some about the attorney firings, are missing, when in fact it was Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington that first publicized the issue.
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In the summary of its March 18-23 News Coverage Index, the Project for Excellence in Journalism selectively cited a Pew Research Center for the People and the Press poll to assert that the American public is not that interested in the U.S. attorney scandal. It did not note that the same Pew poll found that 19 percent of respondents said they were following "[q]uestions about how the White House and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales were involved in the firing of eight federal prosecutors" "very closely," while 24 percent said they were following it "fairly closely."
On Fox News Sunday, Sen. Trent Lott claimed that President Bush would be "making a huge mistake" if he allows "his close advisers in the White House to testify before Congress under oath," adding: "There is a thing called executive privilege." While host Chris Wallace noted the number of Clinton administration officials who testified, he did not question Lott about his assertions then about the limitations of executive privilege: that the president should not be able to claim executive privilege unless national security considerations are involved.