Whoa. I’ve taken my eye off the progress of the Downing Street Memo story, and now that I turn back to it, I find out that 52 House members (including Rep. Conyers) have filed a Freedom of Information Act request on the DSM, and they’re seeking fomal hearings in the House.
Representative John Conyers, Jr., (D-MI) House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member, along with 51 other Members today submitted a broad and comprehensive FOIA request to the White House, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State seeking any and all documents and materials concerning the Downing Street Minutes and the lead up to the Iraq war, RAW STORY has learned.
In addition, the Members also formally requested that the House Committees on Judiciary, Armed Services, International Relations, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence commence hearings on the Downing Street Minutes.
My money says that it’ll be a cold day in hell before the majority Republican House will let formal hearing happen on this, but at least the people concerned with the DSM are not letting up. If nothing else, it’s an issue that will probably dob Bush for the rest of his term. Plus, they keep getting the DSM in the news, so word of it spreads further and helps erode Bush’s support further.
Either way, not a bad thing. And if the Democrats make even modest gains in the midterms, it just means they can apply even more presssure.