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President Bush's Supreme Court Nominee WIthdraws

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The White House says President Bush's Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination. In a brief statement Thursday, the president said he had "reluctantly" accepted Ms. Miers' decision to withdraw.

In a letter to Mr. Bush released by the White House, Ms. Miers said she was concerned that her confirmation process "would create a burden for the White House... that is not in the best interest of the country."

Ms. Miers had faced criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike for what many considered her lack of qualifications for the court and an unclear judicial philosophy.

The former nominee is an experienced lawyer who serves as the president's White House counsel but has never been a judge.

Both the president and Ms. Miers cited a demand from several senators to view internal White House documents as a reason for the withdrawal.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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