The letter was sent yesterday; Defense Department officials told Waxman's committee staff today that he had agreed to allow the subpoenaed Dr. Whitley testify, according to a Waxman aide. The committee is in a strong position since a Bush-appointed appeals court judge recently ruled that administration officials are bound by congressional subpoenas.
The committee wants Dr. Whitley to testify as part of its investigation into unreported sexual assault in the military. Department officials had previously testified that they had instructed Dr. Whitley not to respond to the subpoena. Whitley is the director of the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.