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Facing Stonewall, Burton To Issue Subpoenas


WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 12) -- Faced with four refusals to provide information, a House committee chairman is planning to issue subpoenas for documents related to the Democratic fund-raising flap.

Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), chair of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, expressed dismay after former associate attorney general Webster Hubbell, Arkansas businessman Charles Yah Lin Trie, former White House aide Mark Middleton and former Democratic National Committee fund-raiser John Huang each refused, separately, to provide documents related to their involvement in political fund-raising under investigation.

"I am disappointed that these individuals, some of whom were high-ranking Clinton Administration officials, have declined to cooperate with the committee," Burton said. CNN has learned each of the four will be served with subpoenas on Thursday, an action for which Burton does not need committee approval.

The four cited differing reasons for refusing. Hubbell's lawyer noted his client's earlier testimony before Congress had been referred to prosecutors for possible perjury charges. Middleton's lawyer simply declined without elaboration.

Trie's lawyer said his client first needed to clarify his "status in light of the criminal investigation." Huang's attorneys wrote Burton that "circumstances currently do not permit Mr. Huang to produce the materials requested," adding, "This, of course, is frustrating for Mr. Huang, who would very much like to address all matters of interest to your committee."

House Speaker Newt Gingrich told reporters earlier that Burton's probe would be similar in scope to that of Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), who is seeking about $6.5 million in funding. Thompson's committee is preparing more than 50 subpoenas.

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