US Senate judiciary panel approved contempt citations against White House aides

On December 13, 2007, the US Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-7 to report contempt of Congress resolutions to the full Senate for White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove over their refusal to testify before the committee as part of its investigation into the US Attorneys firing scandal. The month before, committee chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) issued a ruling rejecting the Bush administration's assertions of executive privilege as a basis for avoiding subpoenas and directing the White House to comply with formal committee subpoenas.



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