Judiciary Subcommittee to Consider Subpoenas for Hearing on Case of Fired U.S. Attorneys

February 28, 2007
Press Release
Washington - Chairwoman Linda Sánchez today announced that the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law (CAL) will meet on Thursday, March 1, to vote on issuing subpoenas for certain former U.S. Attorneys who were recently fired by the Bush Administration.

If approved by the subcommittee, the subpoenas which would be the first issued by the 110th Congress would require Carol Lam, David Iglesias, H.E. Cummins, III, and John McKay to appear before a CAL Subcommittee hearing next week.

"In order to get the full picture of why these U.S. Attorneys were fired, we need to hear from the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorneys themselves,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers. “We look forward to their testimony on this issue."

“I called this meeting because we pledged to do everything we can to get to the truth of what could be brazen abuse of power by the Bush Administration,” said CAL Chairwoman Sánchez.

The hearing, which is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, will consider a bill by Congressman Howard Berman that would reverse a new provision in the USA PATRIOT Act allowing the Attorney General to indefinitely appoint federal prosecutors through the end of the Bush Administration without Senate confirmation.