Anthrax investigation should be investigated, congressmen say
As the FBI and the US Justice Department try to close the anthrax investigation, some members of Congress are not so quick to do so. An opinion crossing the aisle holds that the released documents are woefully incomplete, and that errors during the investigation caused it to drag on too long and possibly miss at least 100 other suspects. Convenient as it is to blame the dead guy, too many questions remain to effectively close the case. In other words, if the investigation screwed up, then there's still an anthrax-wielding attacker out there.
Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Rush D. Holt (D-N.J.), frequent critics of the FBI, demanded a far more detailed release of documents by the bureau and the Justice Department to support the government's case, as well as congressional hearings into the investigation.
Grassley sent a three-page letter Thursday evening to Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, giving them two weeks to respond to 18 questions that raised concerns about virtually every aspect of the probe.
Holt, who represents the district from which the anthrax-laced letters were mailed, said in an interview that he was reaching out to other House members to discuss a combined inquiry of sorts by the judiciary, intelligence, science and technology, and government oversight committees.
"We don't want this to be another Lee Harvey Oswald case where the public says it is never solved to their satisfaction," said Holt, referring to conspiracy theories surrounding President Kennedy's 1963 assassination. "Somebody needs to finish the job that would have been finished in a court of law."
Other than Congress, he said, "I'm not sure where else to do it."