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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Can you say Cover-Up?

Polimom needs a bit of assistance, because while I'm typically able to see both sides of an equation, I’m lost this time.

White House accused of gag order
Katrina questions hit brick wall, officials say

Can someone who supports the current Bush administration help me get this? I tried hard this morning to find a view from the right that might shed light into this dank, smelly cesspool, but no luck. How is it that Louisiana officials have been giving out internal information for the hurricane response investigations, but the federal administration’s actions and motives are being shrouded in secrecy?

The White House is crippling a Senate inquiry into the government's sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina by barring administration officials from answering questions and failing to hand over documents, senators leading the investigation said Tuesday.

In some cases, staff at the White House and other federal agencies have refused to be interviewed by congressional investigators, said the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In addition, agency officials won't answer seemingly innocuous questions about times and dates of meetings and telephone calls with the White House, the senators said.

I looked high and low, and even conservative voices were unable to make this sound any better.

"There is a deliberate process, and the White House has always said it wants to cooperate with the committee but preserve any president's ability to get advice from advisers on a confidential basis," Duffy said. "And that's a critical need for any U.S. president and that is continuing to influence how we cooperate with the committees."

What I'm seeing is, “We don’t want to tell you what advice was given to the president, because you’re really not gonna like what was said.

It's no secret that I’m supremely unhappy with the current federal administration – so maybe I’m missing something a supporter can see? Because this just smells sky-high of cover-up.