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US Attorneys: WH Rejects Senate Compromise

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Associated Press: House Democrats Say Justice Official Can't Refuse to Testify
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/040307S.shtml

House Democrats asked a top Justice Department aide to come to Capitol Hill for a private interview in the next week on the firing of federal prosecutors. They said she cannot simply refuse to testify on the matter. Monica Goodling, who has said she would assert her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to avoid appearing at Senate hearings, must tell Congress which specific questions she's refusing to answer.

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Legal Times: DOJ Leaders' Trial Experience Questioned
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/040307C.shtml

Among the many striking features of the US attorney scandal is the dearth of firsthand prosecutorial and trial experience of the Justice Department officials most involved in the selection and firing of eight prosecutors. The lack of experience contrasts dramatically with that of the US attorneys who were asked to resign last year for what the Justice Department characterized as underperformance.

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Reuters: White House Rejects Senate Compromise on Firings
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/040307O.shtml

The White House dismissed on Sunday a possible US Senate compromise to allow testimony by officials over the firing of federal prosecutors, which has embroiled President Bush's administration in controversy and led to calls for his attorney general to quit. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) said an agreement was possible under which White House aides such as Bush's chief political strategist Karl Rove could testify without being under oath.

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