Simple answers to simple questions
After a Bush-appointed judge ruled in favor of House Democrats and against administration claims that it can simply blow off congressional subpoenas by citing executive privilege, why in hell did John Conyers immediately contact the White House seeking a negotiated settlement? Wasn't it clear to the House Democratic leadership that a GOP judge opened the door to challenging the basic Cheney/Addington doctrine of an imperial presidency, and yet the next thing Conyers did was to invite more stonewalling until the end of the administration?
Simple answers to simple questions:
It was quite clear to them.