White House refuses to explain privilege claim.

White House Counsel Fred Fielding sent a letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) today, reiterating the White House’s refusal to comply with the subpoena for documents related to the U.S. attorneys controversy:

Democrats had set Monday morning as a deadline for Fielding to at least provide a log of what documents the White House is withholding and to provide further justification for why the White House is asserting executive privilege.

Snow said Fielding refused on both counts — he will not turn over a log of documents and will point out that the White House previously explained its justification for executive privilege by releasing letters on June 28 from Fielding and the solicitor general.

“We’ve shown an extraordinary amount of accommodation,” said a White House official. “It’s clear to us what the Democrats want is a confrontation.”


UPDATE: Leahy responds: “I have to wonder if the White House’s refusal to provide a detailed basis for this executive privilege claim has more to do with its inability to craft an effective one.”