Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2010 2:13 PM by Mark Murray
Filed Under: Congress, Security
From NBC's Ken Strickland
Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-D) and ranking member Susan Collins (R) today threatened to issue subpoenas to the Defense and Justice Departments on Monday if the administration failed to turn over information the committee needs to conduct its inquiry into the Fort Hood shootings.
"I regret to say our efforts to obtain this information necessary to conduct a thorough investigation of this homeland terrorist act have been met much foot dragging, very limited assistance, and changing reasons why the administration cannot provide us with the information that we have requested," Lieberman said.
He added, "The response of the executive branch ... has been inadequate and unreasonable." The committee's warning comes hours after the Pentagon released its report on the Fort Hood shooting, in which Major Nidal Hassan was charged in killing 13 people and wounding another 31.
Collins, who also joined Lieberman at the news conference, accused the administration of "spoon feeding us selected facts rather than giving us information to the data and individuals that we need."
"The president said that he not only welcomed a congressional investigation; he said that Congress should investigate. And we took him at is word," Collins said. "The administration has prevented us ... from gaining access to the information that we need to effectively carry out our constitutional role."
Collins said it was "most disturbing" the information her committee seeks has been given to three groups that have been conducting investigations on the administration's behalf.