Congress Subpoenas Wiretap Documents


Congress ratcheted up its fight with the Bush administration today, subpoenaing documents about the warrantless wiretapping program.

The subpoenas, issued by the Senate Judiciary Committee, seek information relating to the legal justification and authorization for the program from the Justice Department, White House, vice president, and National Security Council.

This is the second set of subpoenas Congress has issued to the White House in recent weeks, coming on the heels of a request for testimony and documents from former Bush advisers Harriet Miers and Sara Taylor in connection with the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

This is not the first time Congress has called the wiretapping program into question, as U.S. News reported last fall.

--Emma Schwartz