Waxman Demands Rice Not Obstruct Congress

4 de may de 2007

Waxman Demands Rice Not Obstruct Congress

May 4, 2007 (EIRNS)--Rep. Henry Waxman sent a letter to Secretary of State Rice demanding that she not impede the Government Reform Committee investigations into the Niger uranium hoax.

On Wednesday, May 2, nuclear weapons analyst at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Simon Dodge, had indicated to the Committee that he was willing to meet with them to discuss warnings he had raised in January 2003, prior to Bush's State of the Union address, that the Niger uranium claim was "probably a hoax" and "clearly a forgery". However, on Thursday, May 3, according to the letter, an official from Secretary Rice's "legislative office informed Committee staff that you [Rice] were prohibiting Mr. Dodge from meeting with Committee investigators" saying it would be "inappropriate". The Waxman letter asserts that whether Rice or any other White House officials were aware of, or should have been aware of, Mr. Dodge's warnings before the State of the Union address or before Rice's {New York Times} op-ed, is quite "relevant and appropriate information for the Committee to obtain." Any efforts on Rice's part to impede a congressional investigation into the matter would implicate her conduct as National Security Advisor.

The letter informs Ms. Rice that the Committee is demanding Mr. Dodge's appearance for a deposition on May 9, 2007, and is requesting, again, an exhaustive list of documents that she has repeatedly failed to provide, regarding the claim that Iraq sought uranium from Africa. Similar document requests were also sent to the White House and other agencies.

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