The ranking Republican on the committee (Senate Governmental Affairs Committee), Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee, said subpoenas were premature and overly broad.
“There has been no indication that the Executive Office of the President has had any involvement in any of these matters,” said Thompson. “This is nothing more than a decision to have a look-see to see if something might possibly turn up.”
SEN. FRED THOMPSON (Chairman of Senate Governmental Affairs Committee): (subject: campaign finance violations by Clinton in 1996… the China connection) Anyone who's within the jurisdiction of this committee who has information that this committee needs, the majority or minority, if they will not voluntarily comply, I will issue a subpoena for them.
SEN. FRED THOMPSON: Some may remember we've not always agreed on the issuance of subpoenas on this committee.