More subpoenas coming…

WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee is preparing to subpoena at least five high-ranking Department of Justice officials to testify about the mass firings of U.S. attorneys.

Among those who could be compelled to testify is Michael Elston, the official who’s accused of trying to intimidate the ousted prosecutors to silence them.

More officials likely to be subpoenaed in U.S. attorneys investigation
By Margaret Talev and Marisa Taylor
McClatchy Newspapers

Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., will ask committee members Thursday to authorize the subpoenas of Kyle Sampson, the Justice Department’s chief of staff; Elston, chief of staff to Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty; acting Assistant Attorney General William Mercer; spokeswoman Monica Goodling; and Michael Battle, who’s announced that he’s leaving his post as director of the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys. Battle notified the prosecutors of their firings.
Additional hearings could fuel weeks of controversy over whether the Bush administration removed eight U.S. attorneys for political, rather than performance, reasons.
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