Tuesday, May 01, 2007
House panel approves subpoena for former Deputy Attorney General
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- By a voice vote, a House Judiciary Subcommittee approved Tuesday the issuing of a subpoena to former Deputy Attorney General James Comey to testify as part of its investigation into the firing of the eight U.S. Attorneys.
The panel chairwoman, Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-California, said Comey has informed the committee he will comply, and appear at a hearing of the Commercial andAdministrative Law Subcommittee set for Thursday.
"We believe that he can shed light on the Bush Administration's list of targeted U.S. Attorneys," Sanchez said.
Comey announced his resignation in April 2005 but served for several months afterwards until a replacement was named.
Through documents released and testimony given to Congress, Justice Department officials have said the process for choosing which prosecutors would be asked to leave began in January 2005.
Paul McNulty, who replaced Comey, was one of the officials involved in later discussions about the firings. He told staff from the Senate and House Judiciary Committees during an all-day closed-door interview Friday he only had limited involvement in the process, a congressional aide familiar with the interview confirmed to CNN.
McNulty became the latest official to say he was not responsible for putting the names on the list of those to be fired, the congressional aide said. Previously Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and former Justice Department Chief of Staff Kyle Sampson have testified they did not add names of specific prosecutors. One major question those leading the Capitol Hill investigations into the firings have said they are trying to answer is exactly how that list was drawn up.
-- CNN Producers Terry Frieden and Kevin Bohn
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