February 8, 1996 in Nation/World

Panel Issues 28 Subpoenas In Travel Probe

Associated Press

A House investigative committee issued 28 subpoenas to presidential aides and the Justice Department on Wednesday for documents related to the Clinton administration’s travel office firings.

President Clinton, asked whether the subpoenas were a political move, replied: “That’s almost a question that answers itself.”

Congressional investigators say they seek to scrutinize the role played in the affair by various White House officials and to determine whether federal prosecutors did a thorough and fair job.

The White House called the action by the GOP-led House Government Reform and Oversight Committee election-year politics.

Among those receiving subpoenas from the committee were senior White House aides George Stephanopoulos and Harold Ickes; Lisa Caputo, spokeswoman for Hillary Rodham Clinton; and former presidential lawyers Bernard Nussbaum and Neil Eggleston.

At issue are documents related to the Clinton administration’s firing in May 1993 of the travel office’s seven longtime employees, which the committee said the White House has refused to turn over.

The sackings raised an outcry at the time, as Republican critics accused the White House of fabricating charges of incompetence against the employees so they could be replaced by Clinton cronies.

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