Tuesday, January 3

Who's Responsible?

Foxnews.com is reporting on the pending release of a 10-year old independent counsel investigation into Clinton Administration Henry Cisneros. A back-room deal hidden away in a spending bill apparently stipulates that the report must not be released in its entirity.

Potentially explosive allegations from a 10-year independent counsel investigation may never see the light of day due to an appropriations bill negotiation that has some conservatives crying foul.

The final report of David M. Barrett, an independent counsel appointed in 1995 to investigate potential felonies committed by one-time Clinton administration Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, is tentatively scheduled for release on Jan. 19, Barrett told FOXNews.com.

However, Barrett and others say, thanks to an amendment to the November judiciary appropriations bill, key elements in the final report, which was completed in August 2004 and has been sitting with a three-judge panel at the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. ever since, may be heavily redacted before its release.

"As it currently stands, the report will not be released in its entirety," said Barrett, who didn't want to speculate why or which portions of the report may not be made public. One decade and some millions of taxpayers' dollars later, he said he is disappointed that the report may not reflect his careful and diligent efforts.

"I believe after 10 years and the expense of $22 million, the public has the right to see the entire report and make their own judgments," he said.

As the contents of the report have been sealed, Barrett is unable to offer details, but sources say the most serious of the allegations concerns, in part, the use of the Internal Revenue Service under the Clinton administration to intimidate political foes. The charges in the report could embarrass former members and associates of the Clinton White House, including former first lady and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., say the sources.

"Some people have said it contains some serious allegations, and when people see the report, they can decide for themselves," Barrett said.

Okay, so exactly is going on here? I think we need to contact our US Congressmen and Senators and demand they get to the bottom of this. At a minimum, we should not allow politics as usual to hide, obscure, and misdirect the American public. The leftists are clamoring for the head of Bush Administration officials and Republican US representatives (Congressmen and Senators), but they won't for this report. So it's time to battle for this report in its entirety.

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