The White House anti-drug office and a House panel were at loggerheads today as drug czar Barry McCaffrey accused the chairman of a panel probing the agency's ad spending of requesting so many documents that it threatened to temporarily shut down the office. Gen. McCaffrey, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control, aimed his accusation at John Mica (R., Fla.), chairman of the House Government Reform Committee's criminal justice panel, after Rep. Mica threatened to issue subpoenas to get documents withheld. The documents include records of subcontracts for advertising and PR. Gen. McCaffrey said his office had virtually ground to a halt pulling records for Rep. Mica's panel. for two weeks, and more than 12,000 pages had been faxed to the congressman's Florida office.
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