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Published: Thursday, 7/31/2008

U.S. judge: White House aides can be subpoenaed


WASHINGTON A federal judge has sided with Congress in its fight with the Bush administration over whether top White House aides can be subpoenaed by Congress.

The House Judiciary Committee wants to question the president s chief of staff, Josh Bolten, and former legal counsel Harriet Miers, about the firing of nine U.S. attorneys.

But President Bush says they are immune from such subpoenas. They say Congress can t force them to testify.

U.S. District Judge John Bates said there s no legal support for that stance. He refused to throw out the case and said the aides can be subpoenaed.

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