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Bush: Rove Interview but no Oath or Transcript
The White House offered Tuesday to make political strategist Karl Rove and former counsel Harriet Miers available for interviews but not testimony under oath before Congressional committees investigating the firing of eight federal prosecutors.
Gonzales' Hiring Authority by 94-2 Vote
The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to end the Bush administration's ability to unilaterally fill US attorney vacancies. The vote was a backlash to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' firing of eight federal prosecutors.
Seeking Gonzales Replacement
Republican officials operating at the behest of the White House have begun seeking a possible successor to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, whose support among GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill has collapsed.
Administration Ranked Fitzgerald During Leak Case
US Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald was ranked among prosecutors who had "not distinguished themselves" on a Justice Department chart sent to the White House in March 2005, when he was in the midst of leading the CIA leak investigation that resulted in the perjury conviction of a vice presidential aide. The chart was drawn up to identify US attorneys who should be removed. Two prosecutors who received the same ranking as Fitzgerald were later fired.
Conyers, Sanchez to
Seek Subpoenas for Rove, Miers
The House Judiciary Committee announced Tuesday that Chairman John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., and Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law Chairwoman Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., would seek the authority to subpoena White House adviser Karl Rove and former White House counsel Harriet Miers.