Reader Question: Who Added the U.S. Attorneys Provision?

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Susan Peebles in New York asks, "Who put that provision in the Patriot Act [that circumvented Senate confirmation for U.S. attorney appointments]?"

Congressional sources tell Chief Legal Affairs Correspondent Chitra Ragavan that the provision was put into the Senate bill at the administration's request, during the ongoing discussions on the bill involving Sen. Arlen Specter's office and others, including the White House and the House of Representatives.