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Bush Weighing Decision on Release of Documents to Sept. 11 Panel

President Bush declined on Monday to commit the White House to turning over highly classified intelligence reports to the federal commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, despite public threats of a subpoena from the bipartisan panel. The president said in a brief meeting with reporters that the documents were “very sensitive” and that the White House was still discussing the issue with the panel’s chairman, Thomas H. Kean, the former Republican governor of New Jersey. Mr. Bush’s remarks and subsequent comments from his press secretary suggested that the White House might ultimately refuse the commission’s demand for access to the documents, setting up a possible showdown between the White House and the independent investigators. Full Story

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