In a letter that has a kind of 'do this, or else' tone to it, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), chairman of the House committee on government oversight, requested on Monday that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice respond to all the requests for information she had ignored when Waxman was a lowly ranking minority member with no power to call hearings.
Waxman writes to Rice:
Since 2003, I have written 16 letters to you, either in your capacity as National Security Advisor or Secretary of State. According to Committee records, you have satisfactorily responded to only five of those l6 letters. Those five were co-signed by Republicans. Under the Bush Adminishation, several agencies followed a policy of not responding to minority party requests. Although I do not agree with this policy, I presume that you were also following it when you decided not to respond to my requests for information.
I am now renewing my requests as the chairman of the chief oversight committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.
My inquiries cover vital issues within the Committee's oversight jurisdiction, including your role in the President's false assertion that Iraq was seeking uranium from Niger. For your convenience, I have enclosed copies of the letters to which the Committee seeks your responses.
Regarding his request for documents pertaining to the false Nigerian yellowcake claim that led the White House to retract the infamous 16 words of the 2003 state of the union address, Waxman put a dealine of March 23.
The full text of today's letter and the past unanswered requests for information can be found on the House Oversight Committee's website.