April 15th, 2010
08:02 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP Senator threatens Obama administration with subpoenas

Sen. Susan Collins is leading an investigation into last November's mass shooting at Fort Hood.
Sen. Susan Collins is leading an investigation into last November's mass shooting at Fort Hood.

Washington (CNN) – A top GOP Senator promised Thursday to subpoena the Obama administration if they fail to provide information sought in a Congressional investigation into last November's mass shooting at Fort Hood.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said the Obama administration is "stonewalling" their investigation.

Both Collins and Sen. Joe Lieberman, the chairman of the committee, have been trying since November to obtain information from the Justice and Defense Departments about the shooting rampage, in which Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people.

"It makes you wonder if the White House doesn't want to hear what we're going to find about inadequate information sharing between the FBI and DoD, information that had it been shared might have prevented this tragedy," Collins said on CNN's "John King USA."

Though the administration has provided some details about the shooting, officials have said that turning over more information could compromise their case against Hasan.

But Collins said she is "puzzled" as to why the administration is not cooperating. She said subpoenas will be issued to the Justice and Defense Departments on Monday if information about the shooting is not turned over.

"Issuing a subpoena is a last resort," she said. "We don't want to do that. We want to have a cooperative arrangement with the administration, but after five months, we have reached the conclusion that we have no other choice if we are to carry out our obligation to exercise oversight."

Collins said the goal of the investigation is to improve information-sharing procedures in order to prevent future acts.

"Until we find out why essential information was not shared between the FBI and the Army, we can't be sure it won't happen again," Collins said.


Filed under: Fort Hood • JKUSA • Joe Lieberman • President Obama • Susan Collins
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. annie against biased news

    It is about time somebody started an investigation into this mess. Supeona the lying 'blanks'. We know barry is a muslim and bends over backwards to protect them.

    April 15, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Go away Granny, you had your 15 minutes during the Healthcare Reform drama!

    April 15, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  3. Livin' the good life

    OK,...Here we go. I think some of the Relics' are about to be shown what it's like to be on the OTHER side of the fence! Bush/Cheney and the rest of the "good ol' boys" fought with the Democrats on what to turn over about what they knew also. It's only fair play now that the shoe is on the other foot, do you not agree? You can't have it BOTH ways! If you want to get information from the WH, you have to release it yourself when (and I pray not) you are EVER in control again! Turn about is fair play Na-Na-Na-Na-NAA-NAAH!!! Suckers!...Beau Colby

    April 15, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. LouAz

    Yes Susan, we understand, you and Joe L. grandstanding is far more important than get this nut firmly convicted of murder under the UCMJ.

    April 15, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    I think that the Obama administration should cooperate fully.

    I also think though that if this was George Bush or Dick Cheney, they would cite "national security" or "executive privilege" and the same people calling for Obama's head would be willing to give them a pass.

    April 15, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. John Hennessy Black

    That a girl Susan... keep the Republic Party stupidity going...

    April 15, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. Dano

    Hmmmmm Senator Collins we're you "puzzled" as to why The Bush Administration refused for months and sometimes years to turn over records pertaining to WMD in Iraq, torture of prisoners, illegal wiretaps, Scooter Libby, New Orleans, or any of a dozen other offenses against democracy and humanity? If so you missed your opportunity to demand cooperation from the White House by a few years.

    April 15, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. leet222

    so this administration is different from the last one how?

    April 15, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  9. Anne P

    Sounds like we're groping for excuses to detract from some real issues, folks. Leave it to Lieberman to partake in a witch hunt.

    April 15, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. Daniel

    This hag Collins is a sorry excuse for humanity. Go away!

    April 15, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  11. Iben Hakenluggis

    But wait ... Isn't this supposed to be the new "Obama" era of transparency and openness???

    April 15, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  12. Nini

    THANK YOU.

    We also need an investigation the on the Job offer that Gibbs never said who.

    Thank you Sen. Collins, I never thought you have the will to do this, but I am very surprised and grateful.

    April 15, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. Tony in Maine

    Moderate bipartisan Susan.

    She's in her third term. hmmmm When she ran the first time she said she would only stay two terms if she were elected for a second.

    It's time for a change.

    April 15, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. Aspen Professor

    "Though the administration has provided some details about the shooting, officials have said that turning over more information could compromise their case against Hasan."

    Sen Collins does not care about compromizing the case. She and all other Repubs only care to garner media attention for the right-wing controlled Repubs.

    April 15, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. Pkm

    Let army s2 and cid agents and jag people do there job do not make things worse joe you and the gop or what ever party you are on this week do not screw things up like the gop always do

    April 15, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. AJ

    Susan Collins is a right wing witch with no redeeming qualities. She was a staunch supporter of Bush and all of his policies. That should be the first clue that she has no character.

    April 15, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  17. Susan's mother

    You go girl.

    April 15, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  18. Danny J

    Ouch... this is coming from a moderate republican who is more liberal than many Dems!

    April 15, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans use nothing but threats and fear, when will they ever learn or is there no honor among them.

    April 15, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  20. Pea Tarty

    "It makes you wonder if the White House doesn't want to hear what we're going to find about inadequate information sharing between the FBI and DoD, information that had it been shared might have prevented this tragedy," Collins said on CNN's "John King USA."

    HOW IRRESPONSIBLE IS SHE. SHE WAS SPECTERS SIDEKICK ANYWAY, ON HER OWN SHE"S A JOKE.

    April 15, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  21. Bobby

    BHO has acted irresponsibly in this situation. This case should move forward quickly out of respect for the families that lost loved ones, and out of respect for US citizens that lost brave soldiers. This issue has been swept under the rug by the administration. You cannot make this a positive thing, Mr. President. We already know there are kinks in the chain. There is no reason to hide anything or protect this scumbag because he is a muslim. Move on. Release the imformation. Try him and ensure he dies a painful, cruel death for what he did.

    April 15, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  22. Blue

    Susan, let our President do what is right and that is to protect this country. I'm tried of you and Joe's behavior against this President. There are certain things as President that he knows and he will release it when the time is right.

    April 15, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  23. m smith

    she needs to put a sock in it. Untill he can go to court why would the defense dept turn stuff over to her and her committe. What so the info would be all over and then they would call for a miss trial. Just another repo trying to make points.

    April 15, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  24. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Translation: I've been targeted as a RINO and need something to burnish my conservative credentials.

    April 15, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  25. Darth Vadik, CA

    What the heck is this woman implying anyway?

    Just curious, I wonder what Republicans would say if Obama ordered the subpoenaed people not to show up for the hearings, like Bush did...

    HMMM???

    April 15, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
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