Apr 20 2010
UPDATE: The Senators came through. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine.) on Monday, April 19th issued subpoenas to the Obama administration regarding the shootings at Ft. Hood last year.
What is Obama trying to hide for his Muslim brother, Major Hasan, the Fort Hood jihadist mass murderer?
Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, say they will issue subpoenas next week to the Pentagon and the Justice Department unless both departments end what they call “foot-dragging” in cooperating with the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee’s probe of the Fort Hood shootings.
At a Capitol Hill news conference today, both senators said they’d been patient with the administration in the five months since the probe began, but don’t buy the administration’s concern that providing access to records and individuals to the committee might compromise the prosecution of alleged shooter, Army Major Nidal Hasan. (And of course, we know how much Obama cares about the rights of Muslim terrorists)
Lieberman said committee staff had repeatedly exchanged letters with Gates and AG Holder, but that the response had been “much foot-dragging, with very limited assistance and changing reasons for why the administration can’t provide us with the information requested.” He called the administration’s response to a legitimate congressional inquiry “inadequate and unreasonable.”
He said any documents provided to the committee so far were background documents easily accessible on the internet and that briefings with witnesses did not further the committee’s investigation. Both senators recalled that shortly after the shooting, President Obama had welcomed the committee’s investigation, but said the administration had fallen short of his commitments to assist the investigation. (Hardly a surprise)
Collins said, “we took him at his word,” (HAH! Muslims are notorious liars) but unfortunately the committee “had been stymied” in its attempt to find out what the government knew about Hasan prior to the shootings. Lieberman speculated that either “people within the administration didn’t hear the president’s words or they have been overturned.”
Collins said the committee had already “bent over backwards to accommodate the concerns that have been expressed by administration officials.” But that, “Unfortunately, what we’re dealing with are not legitimate concerns but rather what seems to be an inexplicable determination to stalemate and slow-walk our investigation.”
Lieberman said, “Unless there’s a change in this resistance from the administration, we’re going to issue those subpoenas next week.” The Senators emphasized that their investigation is focused on what the military knew about Hasan prior to the attack last November and what can be done to prevent a repeat in the future. They emphasize this is why they don’t believe the administration’s argument that granting them access to information and witnesses might compromise Hasan’s prosecution.
Both senators complained that their committee was not being granted access to materials like Hasan’s Army personnel file, yet it was provided to the DOD civilian review panel headed by Togo West and Vern Clark. They said they could not understand how civilian panels could be granted such access while it was being withheld from a congressional committee bound to confidentiality. Collins called the argument that granting access to those individuals because it would impact the prosecution was “foolish and not valid.”
Lieberman said that should the subpoenaes be issued on Monday and both the Justice Department and the DOD do not comply, it would require a committee vote and then another vote from the full Senate to take them to court. ABC NEWS