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The White House seems to be catching heat from all sides these days. Just a week after ordering former White House aides to testify about the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, the Senate Judiciary Committee turned its attention to the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program. After much back-and-forth between the committee and the White House, Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) decided it was time to play the subpoena card. But getting everybody on board wasn’t easy. At the June 21 markup, Leahy couldn’t get enough lawmakers in the room for a vote. But he wasn’t deterred. Leahy called for a continuation of the markup later that morning and got a 13-3 vote authorizing subpoenas to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and to the Executive Office of the President for records relating to the program and their legal analysis of the program.
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