The Texas lawyer nominated to the US Supreme Court by President George W
Bush, Harriet Miers, has withdrawn as a nominee to the court.
Ms Miers, who has served as White House counsel for Mr Bush but has no
judicial experience, has come in for criticism from both Democrats and
The withdrawal of Ms Miers is seen as a significant blow to Mr Bush
Her decision comes amid tense times for the White House, which is currently
waiting for news on possible indictments of senior administration figures in
connection with a CIA leak case.
Mr Bush's approval ratings have meanwhile been plummeting, and his apparent
inability to push his choice through is thought likely to raise fresh concerns
as to what he can achieve in his second term.
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