House Democrats and federal prosecutors have struck what seems like a historic deal to turn over congressional documents related to the Duke Cunningham investigation.
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The prosecutors from California's Southern District have been chasing the documents, from the House Committees on Appropriations, Armed Services and Intelligence, since last May. After originally requesting the documents, prosecutors finally served a subpoena for them in December after negotiations apparently broke down.
The investigation resulted in two major indictments two weeks ago, against contractor Brent Wilkes and former CIA executive director Dusty Foggo, and is ongoing. As The Hill detailed, the indictment against Wilkes indicated that other lawmakers seem to be in prosecutors' sights.
According to a statement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) office outlining the deal, prosecutors have withdrawn their subpoenas. In exchange, House Democrats have started handing over documents (whether it's everything prosecutors asked for is unclear) and will not assert that the material is Constitutionally privileged under the Speech and Debate Clause, as Democrats had reportedly been considering. In addition, two Republican congressional staffers will be testifying to the grand jury in California on Thursday.
The full statement from Pelosi's office is below.