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Senate Bids for a Say in U.S. Attorney Process

The Senate debates revoking a section of the Patriot Act reauthorization that allows the president to appoint new U.S. attorneys without going through Congress. Democrats are questioning whether the White House planned eight dismissals when it sought the change.

The Justice Department released 3,000 pages of documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday night. The internal e-mails will tell Congress more about who knew what — and when — with regard to the U.S. attorney dismissals.

The Senate will vote Tuesday on rolling back part of the Patriot Act. Also Tuesday, the White House is scheduled to announce whether top advisers will cooperate with Congress's investigation or require a subpoena.


The Senate Judiciary Committee votes this Thursday on whether to authorize those subpoenas.

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