Dobson Will Discuss Harriet Miers Abortion Info After Criticism

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 11, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 11, 2005

Washington, DC ( — When he endorsed the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers last week, Focus on the Family founder and president Dr. James Dobson said he could do so in part because of some information about Miers that he knew but couldn’t discuss. After coming under fire from Senate Judiciary Committee leaders, Dobson says he will discuss the matter on his national radio program.

Dobson said he learned some information that made him feel comfortable that Harriet Miers would be a good Supreme Court selection after taking with chief White House adviser Karl Rove.

Dobson didn’t disclose the information and that sparked criticism from Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter, a pro-abortion Republican, and top committee Democrat Pat Leahy, who also backs abortion.

Specter said he may go so far as to subpoena Dobson to ask him about the conversation.

Dobson will discuss the issue on Wednesday and Thursday broadcasts of his nationally syndicated program.

“Dr. Dobson is being deluged by requests from national media to talk about Harriet Miers and talk about what Karl Rove told him,” Tom Minnery, Focus on the Family’s vice president for government and public policy, said in a daily e-mail to the group’s supporters. “He’ll be explaining that to everybody.”

Dobson said he thought Miers opposed abortion based on conversations with her friends, but also expressed concern he could be wrong about her.

"When you know some of the things that I know, that I probably shouldn’t know, you will understand why I have said, with fear and trepidation, that I believe Harriet Miers will be a good justice,” Dobson said in a broadcast last week.

Allen Abney, a spokesman for the White House, told Bloomberg News that there was no foul play in any conversations between White House officials and key pro-life leaders.

"At no point did anyone ask, or Mr. Rove offer, any insights on how Harriet Miers would vote on any particular case that may come before the Supreme Court,” Abney told Bloomberg News.