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Cutting Recess Short

August 18, 2008 - by Donny Shaw

The other day on DemocracyNow, Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) said he’s bringing his committee back early from August recess in order to investigate new allegations that the Bush administration created and forged false documents to strengthen his case for the Iraq war.

>"The 110th Congress isn’t over. We’re starting our work, and then we’re doing it in a period where the Congress is in recess. I’m calling everybody back."

Since all the investigations and impeachment resolutions go through his committee, Conyers is the key player in Congress’ oversight of the Bush administration. Not surprisingly, he gets a lot of pressure from activists on the left who want him to execute stronger oversight, and he tends to come out with strong statements just to appease them. We’ll be watching to see if he follows through on this latest claim – it would be a drastic step.

More here from OpEdNews.

UPDATE: I now see on Daily Kos that people are saying that Conyers was only referring to his staff, not the actual committee members. But I’m pretty sure staffers are still working while Congress is away for recess, so I don’t see how Conyers could call them back.

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