Administration continues to defy Senate subpoena for Fort Hood documents
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The Obama administration said Tuesday that it will provide more information to Congress about the Fort Hood shootings but continued to defy a subpoena request for witness statements and other documents.
After days of negotiations, the Defense and Justice departments informed a Senate committee that they will not comply with congressional subpoenas to share investigative records related to the Nov. 5 shootings at Fort Hood, Tex., which killed 13 people. The agencies said divulging the material could jeopardize their prosecution of Army Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, the alleged gunman.
The Pentagon said, however, that it will give the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs access to Hasan's personnel file, as well as part of an Army report that scrutinized why superiors did not intervene in Hasan's career as an Army psychiatrist, despite signs of his religious radicalization and shortcomings as a soldier.
Leslie Phillips, a committee spokeswoman, said the refusal to hand over all the material was "an affront" to Congress's duty "to conduct independent oversight of the executive branch."
Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said the agency has tried to cooperate as much as possible.