“Stonewall” Johnson Refuses to Testify to Senate Committee

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July 24, 2008 4:14 p.m.

EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson, who has notoriously avoided congressional testimony, declined to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.

The hearing on the EPA’s refusal to provide Congress with documents relating to the health risks of global warming was scheduled for July 30, but has now been cancelled by Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT).

“Administrator Johnson declined our invitation,” said Chairman Leahy in a statement. “The letter we received from the EPA this week gave no reasons for his refusal to appear before the Committee.”

This week the Senate Environment and Public Works Commitee, chaired by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) heard from EPA whistleblower Jason Burnett on the White House’s interference with EPA decision making.

Leahy stated that he was a referring Johnson’s refusal to testify to the EPA Inspector General. “Like Karl Rove’s refusal to appear before the Judiciary Committee in response to a congressional subpoena, and Josh Bolten’s refusal to appear to provide documents we subpoenaed,” Leahy continued in his statement. “This administration follows. . . its own imperial executive style.”

Thank goodness Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee John Conyers (D-MI) is holding a hearing on the “Bush Imperial Presidency” tomorrow.

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