House Panel Approves Subpoenas For Bush Aides In Prosecutor Flap

Capitol Hill (AP) -- A House panel has approved subpoenas for President Bush's political adviser, Karl Rove, and other White House aides in regard to the firings of eight federal prosecutors.

Approval came on a voice vote, with some "no" votes heard.

The approval of the subpoenas sets up a showdown with the White House, which has refused to make aides available to testify publicly and under oath about their roles in the firings.

The panel approved subpoenas for Rove, former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, their deputies, and Kyle Sampson, Alberto Gonzales' former chief of staff, who resigned last week.

The White House has offered to let the aides talk to the committees privately, but not in public and not under oath.

A Bush spokesman says the President is trying to avoid a "media spectacle" that would result from public hearings with Rove and others at the witness table.

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