Senate Democrats

Rockefeller sets the record straight on Pre-War Intelligence Investigation

“There has been a lot of back and forth regarding the progress of Phase II.

“I have reviewed the official transcript from the May 17 meeting, and I regret that the Chairman’s memory is not accurate. There was no disagreement about how to proceed and the Democrats repeatedly urged the Chairman to move forward on the work and to finish Phase II in a timely manner. In the essence of truth, I strongly urge the Chairman to release the 37 page transcript of the May 17 meeting which contains no classified information.

“It has been 5 months since that meeting occurred and we are no closer to completing Phase II. It has been 15 months since the Chairman declared Phase II a priority, and 20 months since the committee agreed to undertake the Phase II investigation.

“The important fact that should be known is that no committee member has seen one page of a draft report related to the Phase II investigation into prewar intelligence.

“I’m glad that the Republican majority has agreed to make Phase II a priority and to commit to finishing the report, but if we cannot produce a thorough and credible report in the coming weeks, then we still will have failed the American people.”