Administration Seeks Delay on Subpoenas

Published: August 21, 2007

Filed at 12:20 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Dick Cheney’s office acknowledged it has documents that ”may be responsive” to an investigation into a secret eavesdropping program, although it indicated it would not turn over the papers without a fight.

Lawyers speaking on behalf of both President Bush and Cheney asked the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday for more time to respond to subpoenas involving a wiretapping program that Democrats in Congress have harshly questioned.

In a letter to committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, Cheney’s counsel Shannen W. Coffin, reported that the vice president’s office had identified more than 40 ”Top Secret/Codeword Presidential Authorizations” and memoranda from the Justice Department that may respond to the subpoena.

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