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Presidential advisers have testified

CONDOLEEZZA RICE, despite discussing Richard Clarke's assertions repeatedly on five morning talk shows, refused to testify publicly before the 9/11 commission about the Bush administration's terrorism policy. She claimed that presidential advisers can't appear before Congress because of separation of powers concerns. But her argument does not withstand scrutiny.First, the 9/11 commission is not a congressional committee, but an independent body signed into law by the stroke of the president's pen.

 

But even setting that aside, according to commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste, an April 5, 2002 Congressional Research Service report shows there are "many precedents involving presidential advisers" testifying before congressional committees. The report reveals that Lloyd Cutler, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Samuel Berger, and even American Progress CEO John Podesta appeared before congressional committees while serving as advisers to presidents.

So once again we witness this administration making it up as they go along.

JIM STABILE

New York

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