Here's an excerpt from Chairman Pat Leahy's letter to White House counsel Fred Fielding:
âOver the past 18 months, this Committee has made no fewer than nine formal requests to the Department of Justice and to the White House, seeking information and documents about the authorization of and legal justification for this program,â Chairman Leahy wrote in letters accompanying the subpoenas to Bush Administration officials. âAll requests have been rebuffed. Our attempts to obtain information through testimony of Administration witnesses have been met with a consistent pattern of evasion and misdirection.â
âThere is no legitimate argument for withholding the requested materials from this Committee,â Leahy wrote. âThe Administration cannot thwart the Congressâs conduct of its constitutional duties with sweeping assertions of secrecy and privilege. The Committee seeks no intimate operational facts and we are willing to accommodate legitimate redactions of the documents we seek to eliminate reference to these details.â
Update: This post initially stated, erroneously, that the Senate Judiciary Committee was subpoenaing testimony from Bolton, Gonzales, Addington and Lago. In fact, the subpoenas are just for the documents. If those officials don't provide the documents sought by the committee by July 18, then the committee will seek testimony. I regret the error.