Harriet Miers, Hard at Work

The White House counsel talks to TIME about her Supreme Court debacle

After Harriet Miers asked President George W. Bush to withdraw her nomination to the Supreme Court on Oct. 27, she went back to the second floor of the West Wing and resumed her job as White House counsel that afternoon. She had sparked a conservative revolt against the Bush Administration and got withering reviews from some Republican Senators, but that was over. "There was a lot of work to do, and I sort of turned to [it]," she told TIME in her first interview with a national publication since her withdrawal.

Back at Bush's side, Miers is one of the dwindling...

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