A Senate panel, following the House's lead, authorized subpoenas Thursday for White House political adviser Karl Rove and other top aides involved in the firing of federal prosecutors.
A House Judiciary subcommittee authorized subpoenas in the matter Wednesday, but none has been issued.
Even as Democrats derided the White House's offer, Bush spokesman Tony Snow maintained that lawmakers will realize it is fair and reasonable once they reflect on it.
``We're not trying to hide things. We're not trying to run from things,'' [Snow] said. "We want them to know what happened.''
Democrats, however, called Bush's position untenable.
"What we're told we can get is nothing, nothing, nothing,'' said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the Judiciary chairman. "I know he's the decider for the White House - he's not the decider for the United States Senate.''
If the White House really wanted us to know the truth, why would they only be willing to tell it behind closed doors, unsowrn and with no record? Is it really that hard to see through these people?