Marceca Stonewalls Senate Panel
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, July 18) -- A Senate committee learned nothing new today when it questioned Anthony Marceca, a central figure in the White House FBI files fiasco.
In a closed-door session with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Marceca once again exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. He refused to testify or produce documents or computer disks that might shed light on his role in obtaining sensitive background information on prominent Republicans.
The committee voted 15-2 to go into the closed session to question Marceca and about 40 minutes later, Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.) came out and told reporters that Marceca was continuing to invoke his constitutional right against self-incrimination and would not answer several questions.
Marceca, a civilian Army investigator, was involved in gathering confidential FBI background files in 1993 and 1994 on hundreds of officials, including many prominent Republicans, who worked in the Bush and Reagan administrations.
The White House has said it was a bureaucratic blunder and not motivated by malicious intent, but congressional Republicans are spearheading an inquiry into how the files were obtained and how or if the information was used by the White House.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who chairs the judiciary committee, said afterward Marceca refused to answer questions or produce documents "in an unconditional manner."
Hatch suggested Marcea is the White House's fall guy in the files mess. "It's apparent that he's the official dumpee in this matter," Hatch told the Associated Press.
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