Levin Postpones Senate Committee Briefing on Fort Hood
Just released from the Senate Armed Services Committee staff:
Today’s Senate Armed Services Committee briefing on the shooting incident at Fort Hood, Texas, has been postponed. The committee will send out a notice when the new date for the briefing has been scheduled.
In the aftermath of the Fort Hood shooting, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the committee’s chairman, requested a “detailed account” on the circumstances behind Nidal Hasan’s alleged rampage. The statement from the committee doesn’t explain why the hearing was postponed, and a spokeswoman hasn’t immediately returned an email requesting elaboration. But over the weekend, President Obama asked Congress to fall back on hearings about Fort Hood until military and law-enforcement inquiries conclude. Two senators who’ve resisted the call: Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), who will begin hearings on Thursday in the Senate Government Affairs Committee.
Update: Committee spokeswoman Tara Andringa clarifies that, indeed, the postponement came “at the request of the administration.”