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Incoming Senate Armed Services chairman pledges vigorous Iraq oversight
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Incoming Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin said Thursday he plans vigorous oversight of the Pentagon when Democrats take over control of Congress next month.

The Michigan Democrat plans three Iraq war oversight hearings beginning in early January and warned the Pentagon to cooperate with the committee's requests for reports and documents.

"If necessary we'll use subpoena power," Levin said. "Just the fact that we have it probably means we don't have to use it."

Speaking to reporters after a hearing with the leaders of the Iraq Study Group, Levin said he agrees "it's worth trying to get a bipartisan statement of support" of the ISG's recommendations passed by the House and Senate -- unless the effort became an "instrument of division" in the already fractured Congress, he said.

-- CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett
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