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Already subpoenaed to appear before a House committee Tuesday, former San Diego U.S. Attorney Carol Lam has been asked by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Arlen Spector, R-Penn., to testify that same day.

TPMmuckraker.com is reporting that the top Democrat and Republican from the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote Lam and five other recently ousted U.S. attorneys from around the country this afternoon. The forcing out of the top prosecutors has come under fire for being politically motivated.

The site quotes the letters as saying: “If you refuse to appear and insist upon receiving a subpoena the Committee will proceed to authorize its issuance.”

And it notes this:

In addition to the four former U.S. attorneys subpoenaed by the House (San Diego’s Carol Lam, Seattle’s John McKay, Nevada’s David Iglesias and Arkansas’ Bud Cummins), the Senate also sent letters to Nevada’s Daniel Bogden and Arizona’s Paul Charlton. All six attorneys reportedly received positive performance reviews from the Justice Department sometime before being fired.

ANDREW DONOHUE

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