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03/06/07--Carol Lam, one of the former U.S. attorneys who was asked to resign last year by the Bush administration, during the Senate Judiciary hearing on their dismissals. Both the House and Senate Judiciary panels are investigating the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys and their replacement by interim appointees who can serve indefinitely and do not require Senate confirmation. Democrats want to repeal that authority, created by a provision in the reauthorization (PL 109-177) last year of the 2001 anti-terrorism law known as the Patriot Act. Aside from seeking to gain support for repeal legislation (HR 580, S 214), the panels are probing allegations of misconduct by members of Congress. Rep. Heather A. Wilson and Sen. Pete V. Domenici, who are New Mexico Republicans, have both admitted contacting one of the eight prosecutors about public corruption investigations. The attorneys told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Justice Department pressured them not to speak publicly about their dismissals. Justice Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said that assertion was Òridiculous and not based on fact.Ó Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

03/06/07--Carol Lam, one of the former U.S. attorneys who was asked to resign last year by the Bush administration, during the Senate Judiciary hearing on their dismissals. Both the House and Senate Judiciary panels are investigating the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys and their replacement by interim appointees who can serve indefinitely and do not require Senate confirmation. Democrats want to repeal that authority, created by a provision in the reauthorization (PL 109-177) last year of...
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