On October 3, 2005, President George Bush nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor as an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court. Miers faced ideological criticism from conservative activist groups, frustrated questioning from the Senate Judiciary Committee, and reservations from Republican lawyers during her confirmation. She ultimately withdrew her nomination, prompting President Bush to nominate Samuel Alito who currently holds the seat on the Court.
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