Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Update: Key Republican Now Supports Investigation

This is encouraging:

Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., the senior GOP member of the House Intelligence committee, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he would support an investigation. But from what he knows now, Hoekstra said, he does not believe the effort merited congressional notification.

Like many other Republicans, Hoekstra believes the Democratic anger about not being notified of the program sooner is meant to bolster House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who came under an avalanche of GOP criticism in May for saying she believes the CIA lied to her about its harsh interrogation program in 2002.

He offers two resisting ideas to the investigation---that he doesn't "think" it merited congressional notification, and that this is really all about Pelosi---but fine. Whatever. At least he's supporting a simple fact-finding mission. Was that so hard? There's almost certainly more to this than meets the eye, so let's skip the "I think" and "I feel" and do due diligence to get to the point of "We know."


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