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The White House asserted executive privilege, rejecting subpoenas from Congress for documents and further testimony on the firing of U.S. attorneys. Said the White House counsel: “The doctrine of executive privilege exists, at least in part, to protect such communications from compelled disclosure to Congress, especially where, as here, the president’s interests in maintaining confidentiality far outweigh Congress’s interests in obtaining deliberative White House communications.” And an even tougher fight looms over Senate subpoenas for information on the warrantless wiretapping program, suggests the WashingtonPost.com’s Dan Froomkin. (6/28/07)