President Bush Fights Back
By Diane White
A U.S. Senate Committee voted Thursday, following the House, to authorize subpoenas for White House political adviser Karl Rove and other top officials involved in the firing of federal prosecutors.
No subpoenas have been issued yet, however Democrats have noted the increased amount of bargaining power that the authority will bring in negotiations with the White House to hear from Bush's top advisers, according to the AP.
President Bush opposes any effort to have White House aides testify under oath and suggested that he would allow the aides to testify in private, not under oath, and without transcripts, according to the BBC.
Critics of the situation have suggested that Bush may be protecting Attorney General and friend, Al Gonzales, according to the New York Times, who was involved in firing the officials allegedly because their performances were below