WASHINGTON — A House subcommittee voted Wednesday to subpoena three Miami-based federal prosecutors in a so-far mainly secret investigation into whether Reagan Administration officials supported illegal drug and gun smuggling to benefit the Nicaraguan contras.
Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III has refused to allow the prosecutors to be questioned by subcommittee investigators in a yearlong inquiry by the panel into alleged drug smuggling, gun running and money laundering by and for the Nicaraguan rebels.
"We're looking specifically at some alleged wrongdoing on the part of the Department of Justice," subcommittee Chairman William J. Hughes (D-N. J.), told the panel. " . . . We have no other recourse at this point but to subpoena the witnesses or walk away from our constitutional responsibilities."
Said another subcommittee member, Rep. Larry Smith (D-Fla.): "We are investigating the possibility that the Justice Department impeded a criminal investigation."