July 17, 2003

"All Roads Still Lead Back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue"

"CIA Director George Tenet told members of Congress a White House official insisted that President Bush's State of the Union address include an assertion about Saddam Hussein's nuclear intentions that had not been verified, a Senate Intelligence Committee member said Thursday.

"Sen. Dick Durbin, who was present for a 4 1/2-hour appearance by Tenet behind closed doors with Intelligence Committee members Wednesday, said Tenet named the official. But the Illinois Democrat said that person's identity could not be revealed because of the confidentiality of the proceedings."

"'The more important question is who is it in the White House who was hellbent on misleading the American people and why are they still there?,' Durbin said Thursday.

"'Being a member of the Intelligence Committee I can't disclose that but I trust that it will come out,' he said. 'But it should come out from the president. The president should be outraged that he was misled and that he then misled the American people.'

"Durbin and other Democrats in the Senate had said earlier the question is not why Tenet failed to remove the Africa information from the speech, but who insisted on leaving it in. 'All roads still lead back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,' Durbin said. "

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