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Congress wants Bush papers kept

January 09, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Congress asked a federal judge to force the Bush White House to keep documents on the controversial firings of nine federal prosecutors instead of turning them over to the National Archives.

Congressional Democrats have been trying to get the documents for months, and they want to make sure they don't disappear into the National Archives. They asked U.S. District Judge John Bates to order the administration to leave the documents in the custody of President-elect Barack Obama's aides in case the information is needed.

Justice Department lawyers argued that the White House is required to turn the material over to the National Archives.

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