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

GOP Senator threatens Obama administration with subpoenas

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/15/art.collins.jkusa.jpg caption ="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. Ruty

    Is this woman for real? Some body throw a wet towel over her.

    April 15, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. SC-Pub "no" more

    Collins said on CNN's "John King USA."

    "John King USA"....CNN's version of Bill O'Really and Glenn Heck!

    It should be retitled... "John Kings Republican USA"

    April 15, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  3. Jim

    When President Bush stops hiding behind executive privilege, then you can subpeona the sitting President. Until then, patrol your own party. There's plenty of work there.

    April 15, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  4. melissa

    I think some things the FBI should be able to keep quiet, they are the professional team of investigators, that this country has counted on for years. They also do the hush thing in lots of other cases, to know that they have the right person or that they may find out more info, or even catch someone slip up, because they didnt give out the info, let them do their job!!! Leave em alone, the families, may also want it that way!!! Ask them first!!

    April 15, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  5. Eric

    So it's President Obama that hold the bag on this? Why don't YOU the folks that look over these programs take some responsibility?

    April 15, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  6. anthony

    And Bush knew Bin Laden would fly planes into the towers...
    What now lady?
    How does this partisan rambling help America?
    Admit it.. you Hate our President.

    April 15, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  7. arch

    This so-called admin of obama is worthless. This man says one thing and does something totally different. When are the people of America who voted for this bozo going to wake up and see him for what he truly is, a liar. I am sure he and his group will try and figure a way to blame Bush for the Ft. Hood situation. We need to get rid of obama, reid and that piece of work, pelosi. It is going to take years to get our country back to good running condition.

    April 15, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  8. DallasMarine

    It's funny how Dubya and his buffoons violated our Constitution, yet nothing was done. Clinton got a hummer and the Repubs were ready to crucify him. Now a black man is trying to help this country, but you hear him being called a non-citizen, a Muslim and the N word. It's clear the Republicans are one sided and quite frankly the dumbest species in the universe, next to Tea Party members of course.

    April 15, 2010 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  9. MikeH

    Once again the Republican criminals want to sacrifice due process of law for political purposes. The Republicans want to destroy America.

    Republicans are a greater enemy to America than any islamic terrorist organization.

    April 15, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  10. MikeH

    Collins is a stooge. Republicans hate American democracy and due process of law. They would turn it into a Plutocratic facist fiefdom.

    April 15, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  11. Jerry - Florida

    Senator Collins, stand your ground. Don't ever allow the NObama administration to stymy your investigation. If it was the administration asking for this information and they were stonewalled, they would be up in arms.

    It's obvious that there were numerous failures and those should be borne out.

    Under no circunstance accept their lack of response and professionalism. After all, essentially, they report to you, not the other way around.

    April 15, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  12. Michael from Ventura

    Do Collins and Liebermann know anything about the LAW or Trials?

    April 15, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  13. pierce

    Collins. What a sad looking person.

    April 15, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  14. No Incumbents 2010

    Doesn't Collins realize that the Obama administration is busy PROSECUTING Hasan? Collins has her priorities screwed up. We should be prosecuting Hasan instead of prosecuting the people who are prosecuting Hasan. Get a grip Suze. Why didn't Suze subpoena Rumsfeld on his lies about WMD?

    April 15, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  15. george

    Like the president is supposed to do the work for the army and FBI? Looks a little too political to me.

    April 15, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  16. HypocriCNN

    Senator Susan Collins R-Maine Should Watch Who She Threatens, And Not Sign Blank Checks That Her Rear End Can't Deliver!

    April 15, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  17. Dean in PA

    Yup... like every good Repugnican, always looking for something to blame the Dems for and especially this administration. Always looking for an angle to deflect away from the real issues...

    April 15, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  18. Republicans Morons of the World

    All you can say about this scatter brained idiot is what a moron!

    April 16, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  19. so rich even obama couldn't hurt me but you middle class folk should worry

    change you can believe in!

    April 16, 2010 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  20. Robert

    Well he could just ignore the subpoena's... Bush did it all the time...

    April 16, 2010 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  21. AndyBlue

    Cool... Thanks to Sen. Susan Collins there is a very good chance that this will be the start of releasing many Military/FBI files.

    Even those from the Bush administration. Including the more than 2,000 new photos of torture and other crimes commited and sealed from the public view.

    I am sure that this is not what the republicans want but its really good for all of America. 🙂

    April 16, 2010 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  22. Ryan

    Grasp at straws much?? Geez the GOP loves wasting money in frivolous conspiracy theories and lawsuits.

    April 16, 2010 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  23. vs

    The good people of Maine need to think seriously of why they have chosen Ms. Collins to represent their state. She appears to believe that by acting as a paranoid T partier, she is reflecting the views of a majority of Maine residents.

    April 16, 2010 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  24. sue

    Incredible. The government is building a case and the goppers want to put it out in the open before hasan is tried. So stupid.

    April 16, 2010 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
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