House Panel Sends Subpoena to Justice Department

Congress has sent its first subpoena to the Justice Department in the scandal over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys in 2006. The House Judiciary Committee is demanding documents about the dismissals.

House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) told Attorney General Alberto Gonzales that his committee "must have all potentially relevant information that it has requested without delay."

The subpoena demands complete versions of some of the blacked-out documents the Justice Department provided to Congress last month.

The subpoena is the first to have been issued in the probe of the dismissals. The House panel gave Gonzales until Monday to provide the papers. Gonzales is scheduled to appear at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on April 17.

Also on Tuesday, Gonzales appointed Kevin O'Connor to be his new chief of staff, after his last one resigned over the U.S. attorneys scandal. At least for the time being, O'Connor will also keep his job as Connecticut's U.S. attorney, a post he has held since 2002.

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