Sen. Patrick Leahy, left, was joined by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Sunday’s “This Week.”
Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., made it clear on Sunday’s “This Week” that he is determined to get to the bottom of the U.S. attorneys scandal and, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, will use subpoenas to do it: “I want testimony under oath. I am sick and tired of getting half-truths on this.” Leahy said he wanted to hear from Karl Rove, Harriet Miers and other administration officials linked to the firings.
The Bush White House was expected to announce early this week whether it will let political strategist Karl Rove, former White House counsel Harriet Miers and other officials testify or will seek to assert executive privilege in preventing their appearance.
The chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., last week delayed a vote on the subpoenas until Thursday as the president’s counsel, Fred Fielding, sought to negotiate terms. But on Sunday, Leahy said he had not met Fielding nor was he particularly open to any compromises, such as a private briefing by the administration officials.
“I want testimony under oath. I am sick and tired of getting half-truths on this,” Leahy said. “I do not believe in this, ‘We’ll have a private briefing for you where we’ll tell you everything,’ and they don’t.”