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Subpoena Frenzy as Democrats Wield Power

Posted Apr 25, 2007 9:33 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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In an exercise of force by the Democrat-controlled Congress, legislators today approved what a New York Times article described as a "flurry" of subpoenas.

The main issues targeted are the Bush administration approach to the Iraq war and the discretion exercised by federal prosecutors, as well as its alleged use of Republican party's private e-mail system for government messages that are supposed to be included in government archives.

"Republican leaders call it a 'partisan witch hunt,' " the Washington Post wrote in an article also discussed in this ABAJournal.com post earlier today. "But Democratic lawmakers, and even some Republicans, say it is an overdue return to their constitutional role of executive-branch oversight."

In a mere 15 minutes, three congressional committees today were scheduled to consider subpoenas for a half-dozen officials from the White House and the departments of Justice and State, the Post article noted.

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