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Republicans say the attorneys are political appointees who serve at the authority of Mr. Bush.

“The administration used extremely poor political judgment in how it handled the dismissal,” said Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican. “But there is no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of anybody in the Justice Department or in the White House in the firing of these U.S. attorneys.”

One Justice Department official has admitted to wrongdoing, but in a matter unrelated to the U.S. attorneys firings.

Monica Goodling, a former close aide to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, told Congress that she improperly screened the political beliefs of some applicants for career Justice Department jobs.

Democrats have paid little attention to that admission and have continued to press the White House for access to high-ranking officials such as Karl Rove, who announced this week that he will resign at the end of the month.

Democrats also will continue to pursue Mr. Gonzales.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, yesterday asked the Justice Department’s inspector general to examine whether the attorney general gave misleading or dishonest testimony to his panel.