Miers Withdraws Court Nomination

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Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

And President Bush says he reluctantly accepts her decision.

Bush has been insisting for weeks that he did not want her to pull out.

In a letter to the president, Miers thanks him for his support and writes, "I am concerned that the confirmation process presents a burden for the White House and our staff that is not in the best interests of the country."

Miers had faced opposition from the right and the left, and mounting criticism about her qualifications.

Bush blames her withdrawal on a clash with the Senate. Senators wanted the release of internal White House documents that the administration insists are protected by executive privilege.

Miers will keep her current job as White House counsel.