April 19, 2004

NO CAESAR'S WIFE, SHE:

Gorelick role raised early (Charles Hurt, 4/19/04, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Former acting FBI Director Thomas J. Pickard told the September 11 commission in a private interview earlier this year that he was surprised that Jamie S. Gorelick is serving on the panel because she had played a key role in setting the very counterterrorism policies being investigated.

According to a summary of that interview obtained by The Washington Times, Mr. Pickard said Ms. Gorelick -- who was No. 2 in the Clinton Justice Department under Attorney General Janet Reno -- resisted efforts by the FBI to expand the counterterrorism effort beyond simple law enforcement tactics and agencies.

"Mr. Pickard indicated that it was a growing concern that the international terrorism threat was 'bigger than law enforcement,'†" according to the notes from a Jan. 20 meeting at the commission's New York office.

"Despite expression of these concerns by FBI executive management, Attorney General Reno and her Deputy Jamie Gorelick believed that a law enforcement approach was appropriate," the notes say.

In a footnote, the FBI employee who attended the meeting and kept the notes wrote: "Mr. Pickard stated that he finds her 'membership on your Commission surprising since it [the decision to counter international terrorism with a law enforcement-only approach] was her and Reno's policy.'"

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 19, 2004 4:23 PM
Comments

This issue (Gorelick and any possible recusal and/or resignation) will be the first real pin to stand or fall with Bill Clinton's legacy. So it will be fought tooth and nail by Begala, Carville, Anne Lewis, Hillary, Katie Couric, etc. But the Commission is finished as an historical entity - now it is just preening.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 19, 2004 11:38 PM

Just put her on the stand under oath. C'mon Kean, c'mon!

Posted by: genecis at April 20, 2004 12:23 PM
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