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OSLO (AFP) - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signalled Thursday that she would not comply with a subpoena to appear before Congress to testify about discredited assertions on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
"This is an issue that has been answered and answered and answered," Rice said when asked about the subpoena during a visit to Oslo for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers.
Rice said her staff had written three letters in the last month to Democratic congressman Henry Waxman (news, bio, voting record), chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, concerning his questions about bogus 2003 White House assertions that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had sought enriched uranium from Niger as part of a program to develop nuclear weapons.
"This all took place in my role as national security adviser," Rice continued.
"There is a separation of powers, and advisers to the president are, under that constitutional principle, not generally required to go and testify in Congress," she said.
"I think we have to observe and uphold constitutional principles," she said
President Bush said the public’s decision to reelect him was a ratification of his approach toward Iraq and that there was no reason to hold any administration officials accountable for mistakes or misjudgments in prewar planning or managing the violent aftermath.
Originally posted by TheBorg
This has me somewhat concerned that maybe Big Brother is more involved in domestic spying than one might imagine. I'll update more in other threads as I see it happen.
[edit on 30-4-2007 by TheBorg]