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Friday, March 23, 2007
Congress rejects White House conditions

"I'm not going to accept testimony that's not under oath," said committee chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Key congressional committee chairmen sent letters Thursday formally rejecting a White House proposal specifying the conditions under which White House aides could be interviewed by Congress about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys.

The letters to White House counsel Fred Fielding followed the Senate Judiciary Committee's authorization of subpoenas for political adviser Karl Rove, former counsel Harriet Miers and their top aides.

Both houses of Congress authorized subpoenas this week, but have not yet issued any. The authorization does not mean subpoenas will be issued, but they could be if White House officials do not agree to testify under oath voluntarily. (Watch video: CNN's Dana Bash reports on the latest congressional clash over the use of subpoenas for White House officials)

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