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Leahy: Truth Commission Not Dead, Just Resting

As Daphne wrote earlier, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) reportedly told Charlotte Dennett, writing for Consortiumnews.com, that even he thinks his proposed truth commission to investigate alleged lawbreaking during the Bush administration is “not going to happen,” due to a lack of any semblance of bipartisan support.

Well, maybe the truth commission idea still has some life in it after all. At least, Leahy wants you to think it does. His office put out a statement this afternoon:

In contrast to reports circulating on the Internet, Leahy said he is continuing to explore the proposal.

“I am not interested in a panel comprised of partisans intent on advancing partisan conclusions,” Leahy said. “I regret that Senate Republicans have approached this matter to date as partisans. That was not my intent or focus. Indeed, it will take bipartisan support in order to move this forward. I continue to talk about this prospect with others in Congress, and with outside groups and experts. I continue to call on Republicans to recognize that this is not about partisan politics. It is about being honest with ourselves as a country. We need to move forward together.”

So there you have it. Not dead! Just on life support. And the plug is slowly slipping out of the wall …

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