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Chairman Leahy to subpoena White House adviser Karl Rove

July 26, 2007

Washington, DC - Senate Democrats said Thursday they planned to subpoena President Bush's political adviser Karl Rove to hear about his involement in the illegal firings of eight U.S. attorneys that were pressing corruption charges against Republicans.

Senate Democrats said Thursday they planned to subpoena President Bush's political adviser Karl Rove to hear about his involement in the illegal firings of eight U.S. attorneys that were pressing corruption charges against Republicans.

"We've now reached a point where the accumulated evidence shows that political considerations factored into the unprecedented firing of at least nine U.S. attorneys last year. Testimony and documents showed that the list was compiled based on input from the highest political ranks in the White House, including Mr. Rove and Mr. (Scott) Jennings, and today I will subpoena Mr. Rove and Mr. Jennings."

"Testimony and documents showed that the list was compiled based on input from the highest political ranks in the White House, including Mr. Rove."

Justice Department officials have been accused of removing the attorneys because of partisan concerns that they were doing too much in pressing corruption charges against Republicans.

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