served as White House Counsel under George W. Bush
from 2004 to 2007. In 2005, despite never having served as a judge, she was nominated by President George W. Bush
to replace retiring Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sandra Day O'Connor
. However, when conservative interest groups made their opposition to Ms. Miers clear, she was forced to withdraw her nomination. Bush went on to nominate Samuel Alito
, a proven conservative, whose nomination succeeded.
Ms. Miers has recently refused to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in response to a subpoena, because President Bush ordered her not to go. She now risks the possibility of imprisonment, should the Senate Judiciary Committee send the Sergeant at Arms to arrest her.