June 13th, 2007
11:06 AM ET
12 years ago

Judiciary committees to issue two subpoenas in U.S. attorneys firings probe

Former White House Political Director Sara Taylor.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Both Judiciary Committees were issuing subpoenas Wednesday for former White House employees as the congressional probe into last year's firings of eight U.S. attorneys were ratcheted to a new level, multiple congressional sources told CNN Wednesday.

They are the first subpoenas issued since the U.S. Justice Department dismissed the lawyers - all but one in December.

More Justice documents also were being subpoenaed Wednesday.

The Senate panel, chaired by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, was issuing a subpoena to Sara Taylor, former White House political director and a key deputy to Karl Rove, the top political adviser to President Bush. She resigned a few weeks ago.

The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Michigan, was subpoenaing former White House Counsel Harriet Miers.

The committees have tried, with no success, to get Rove to testify at the hearings on the investigation.

A statement issued by White House spokesman Tony Fratto said: "We are aware of the judiciary committees' plans to issue subpoenas. We will respond appropriately. The committees can easily obtain the facts they want without a confrontation by simply accepting our offer for documents and interviews. But it's clear that Senator Leahy and Rep. Conyers are more interested in drama than facts."

- CNN's Dana Bash and Ted Barrett

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  1. Mrs. Tindall Edinboro, PA

    GIVE IT REST!!!!

    June 13, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Russ Hackensack NJ

    I Do not understand. Greg Palast
    Has emails that prove why they fired the attorneys. Why do we not here about that. Oh I forgot this is CNN.

    June 13, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. josh embry, austin, tx

    WITCH HUNT!!!!

    June 13, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Craig Relford Indianapolis, IN

    Those that don't understand the big deal about this need to understand the bigger picture. while letting the 8 go for political reasons may not be a big deal to you, there are two greater issues.

    The first is that this administration has shown a serious and consistent contempt for congress. They claim they don't need oversight at every opportunity, avoid any sort of acountablity, and when we hold them to some degree of oversight they come up on the hill they lie and "don't recall." The consolidation of power in the executive branch and continued contempt for congress should trouble everyone regardless of your politics considering that congress is the closest thing to representation we have in the government. No respect for congress equals no respect for you.

    Second, the political cronyism in this administration is unbelievably widespread. Every time something happens, and we turn over a rock in this administration we find another grossly under qualified political crony. There‚Äôs nothing wrong with appointing those politically aligned with you, every administration does that, but when political allegiance is put above even the most basic of qualifications we have a serious problem (um, like the response to Katrina–Michael Brown?)

    So, here we have one issue spotlighting both problems-serious problems. and that makes this a serious issue.

    June 13, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. R. Bartlett

    Lets hope that both branches can unite long enough to get to the bottom of this clandestine act of firing those that may oppose the "Witches".
    Actually I'm not so sure about Witches, but I'd agree with "Satan" himself.

    June 13, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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