The Senate Judiciary Committee sent five letters late yesterday asking White House Counsel Harriet Miers
, her deputy White House counsel William Kelley
and Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove
to cooperate with the committeeâs investigation into the mass firings of US attorneys.
"We would like to work out a process for you to make yourself available to the Committee for interviews, depositions, or hearing testimony, on a voluntary basis, and to produce documents in your possession, control, or custody related to our investigation," the letters, signed by Senate Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Arlen Specter (R-PA), read. "We fully expect that we will be able to devise a convenient arrangement."
In a White House briefing
yesterday, White House counselor Dan Bartlett said, "I find it highly unlikely that a member of the White House staff would testify publicly to these matters, but that doesn't mean we won't find other ways to try to share that information."
The House Judiciary Committee has also
requested to speak with Kelley, Rove, and Miers.
The committee also sent letters to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
and White House Counsel Fred Fielding
requesting documents relating to the investigation.