It's called majority power

House subcommittee approves subpoenas for Rove, Miers.

Published March 21, 2007 3:24PM (EDT)

A House Judiciary Committee subcommittee has just approved subpoenas for Karl Rove, Harriet Miers and their deputies as well as for Kyle Sampson, the former chief of staff for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

The subcommittee on commercial and administrative law did not actually issue any subpoenas; for now, its move seems designed to give House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers and other Democratic leaders bargaining power in negotiations with White House Counsel Fred Fielding. As Democratic Massachusetts Rep. William Delahunt explains, the threat of compelled testimony "does provide this body the leverage needed to negotiate from a position of strength."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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