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DeLay Attacks 9/11 Panel's 'Mudslinging'

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay urged the chairman of the Sept. 11 commission to tone down “partisan mudslinging” by the group’s members, saying it could undermine the credibility of the final report. In a letter to commission chairman Thomas Kean on Friday, DeLay said he was troubled by what he believed was “gotcha-style questioning” during the panel’s recent hearings with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and top officials from the FBI and CIA. “The camera-driven tone of the hearings undermines the commission’s credibility, distracts the American people from the gravity of the war on terror, and could send dangerous messages to unfriendly eyes and ears around the world,” DeLay wrote. Kean, a former New Jersey governor and a Republican, denied the 10-member panel was politically motivated and said it was committed to a full accounting of the events leading up to Sept. 11. Some of the commissioners’ disagreements with witnesses during the hearings were a natural result of open debate, he said. Full Story

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