After reading of President Bush's plan, which is being denounced by Democratic congressional leaders to allow Karl Rove, Harriet Miers and other aides to be interviewed by Congress, not under oath and not during public sessions, and with no transcripts released about the ongoing controversy over the firing of eight prosecutors. I am reminded of all the machinations President Nixon went through in 1973 and 1974 to keep information from the courts and Congress.
Instead of releasing tapes, Nixon offered to allow Sen. John Stennis to listen to them. He tried to release information in dribbles and drabbles instead of turning over everything at once.
To Bush's credit, the administration released the e-mails that have proved to be so damning in this case, but otherwise, it appears the president wants to follow the same course as his Republican predecessor, who also tried, unsuccessfully, to keep top aides from testifying.