Statement on Decision to Allow Rice to Testify Before the Joint
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today on the decision by the White House to allow National
Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to testify in public under oath
before the independent commission investigating the September 11
Administration has finally come to its senses on what should have
been a simple issue by reversing its previous refusal to allow the
National Security Advisor to testify in public under oath. The Bush
Administration needs to understand that the independent 9/11 commission
seeks truth, not blame.
commission is charged with investigating the failures that allowed
the horrific attacks of September 11 to happen, what our immediate
reaction to it was, and how we can prevent future attacks. The National
Security Advisor is a key figure in that investigation, and it is
critical that she testify in public.
and open cooperation from the Bush Administration is needed to put
to rest the many questions surrounding the security failures before
September 11. We must provide the American people the most complete
understanding of decisions made before and after the attacks. The
families of September 11 deserve no less."