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Leahy: Will subpoena Bush aides

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said yesterday he plans to subpoena White House officials involved in firing eight federal prosecutors and is dismissing anything short of their testimony in public.

WASHINGTON

- The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said yesterday he plans to subpoena White House officials involved in firing eight federal prosecutors and is dismissing anything short of their testimony in public.

The Bush White House was expected to announce early this week whether it would try to use executive privilege to keep political operative Karl Rove, former White House counsel Harriet Miers and other officials from testifying.

The chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., last week delayed a vote on the subpoenas until Thursday as the president's counsel, Fred Fielding, sought to negotiate terms. But yesterday Leahy said he hadn't met with Fielding nor was he particularly open to any compromises, such as a private briefing by the administration officials.

"I want testimony under oath. I am sick and tired of getting half-truths on this," Leahy said. "I do not believe in this, we'll have a private briefing for you where we'll tell you everything, and they don't." *

-Associated Press

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