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World Bank chief says sorry over girlfriend's pay scandal
World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz has confessed to errors over a pay scandal surrounding his girlfriend, and left his fate up to the global lender's national governors.
The former deputy US defence secretary, one of the architects of the war in Iraq, refused to say if he might have to resign as the bank's 24-member executive board investigates the controversy.
The controversy is a deep embarrassment for Mr Wolfowitz just as he battles to overcome scepticism about a campaign that he is waging against corruption in the 185-member World Bank's multi-billion-dollar lending.
The subpoena, issued a week before Gonzales was scheduled to testify before Congress about the dismissals, seeks hundreds of documents either withheld or heavily blacked out by his department. The subpoena sets a Monday deadline for Gonzales to produce the documents.
"We have been patient in allowing the department to work through its concerns regarding the sensitive nature of some of these materials," House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., wrote Gonzales in a letter accompanying the subpoena. "Unfortunately, the department has not indicated any meaningful willingness to find a way to meet our legitimate needs."
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, his trip to Latin America disrupted by a firestorm over the dismissal of eight federal prosecutors, said Wednesday he is "not happy" with the Justice Department's public explanation of the firings and added that Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales has "got work to do" to repair relations with Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The White House is being accused of improperly trying to hide e-mails about government business by using unofficial e-mail accounts.
Congressional investigators say they found communications on one account from top White House aides about official matters, like the December firings of eight U.S. attorneys.
Those e-mails were discovered on a Republican National Committee e-mail domain called gwb43.com. That domain is not part of the official White House communication system.
The Presidential Records Act, passed during the Nixon administration, requires the preservation of all official records of and about the president.
The White House's claim that e-mails sent on a Republican Party account might have been lost was challenged Thursday by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, who quipped that even his teenage neighbor could find them.
"They say they have not been preserved. I don't believe that!" Leahy shouted from the Senate floor as the dispute over the firing of federal prosecutors continued at a high pitch.
"You can't erase e-mails, not today. They've gone through too many servers," said Leahy, D-Vt. "Those e-mails are there, they just don't want to produce them. We'll subpoena them if necessary."