Senate Democratic Leader Invokes Rare Closed Session to Force Review of WMD Intel

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on November 1, 2005

Senate Democrats invoked rarely used Rule 21 to force a closed door meeting today with the goal of obtaining an agreement to fully investigate the administration’s use of WMD documents as a justification for the Iraq war.
According to a statement issued by Sen. Harry Reid, the “Key questions that need to be answered include:

  • How did the Bush Administration assemble its case for war against Iraq?; Who did Bush Administration officials listen to and who did they ignore?; How did senior Administration officials manipulate or manufacture intelligence presented to the Congress and the American people?; What was the role of the White House Iraq Group or WHIG, a group of senior White House officials tasked with marketing the war and taking down its critics?; How did the Administration coordinate its efforts to attack individuals who dared to challenge the Administration’s assertions?; Why has the Administration failed to provide Congress with the documents that will shed light on their misconduct and misstatements?”
  • Report on the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Prewar Intelligence Assessments on Iraq
  • Conclusions (Excerpted From Full Report)
  • CRS report, Secret Sessions of the House and Senate, updated February 10, 2005
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