Don’t Tempt Us

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December 2, 2009 5:48 p.m.

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security released the following statement this evening after the Salahis announced they were declining to appear before his committee …

“Late this evening, I was informed by the Salahis’ counsel, that their clients, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, may not appear before the Committee tomorrow as requested. The Salahis’ testimony is important to explain how a couple circumvented layers of security at the White House on the evening of a State Dinner without causing alarm.

The Committee on Homeland Security must understand the full scope of what went so terribly wrong on Tuesday night to ensure that security gaps are sealed. This can only be achieved by hearing both sides of the matter.

If the Salahis are absent from tomorrow’s hearing, the Committee is prepared to move forward with subpoenas to compel their appearance.”

Perhaps not inviting them would be a better way to get them to show up?

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