Judiciary Democrats to White House: 'We need to get to the bottom of this'
Michael Roston
Published: Wednesday March 28, 2007
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In a letter sent to the White House this afternoon, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the Chairmen of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees respectively, urged greater cooperation on the part of the White House in the investigation of the firing of eight US Attorneys.

"Political influence in federal law enforcement is a serious matter," the two Democrats wrote to White House counsel Fred Fielding. "We need to get to the bottom of what happened, why, how, and who was involved in the mass firings of United States attorneys."

Conyers and Leahy noted that it had been almost a week since the last letter to the White House was issued, and called on the White House to abandon its 'all or nothing' approach to document production.

"The White House documents to and from the Department of Justice and with third parties, such as Republican state party officials, should be provided without delay," they stated. "Recognizing that we have a dispute over [internal] documents should not delay the Committees receiving the other documents that you indicate you are willing to provide."

Conyers and Leahy also worried about the use of 'private' e-mail addresses by White House officials.

"We hope you agree that such a sleight of hand should not be used to circumvent and compromise the comprehensiveness of our investigation," they wrote.

More information on the use of multiple e-mail addresses by the White House can be found in an investigation completed by the group ePluribus Media.

The full letter can be accessed at this link.