Bush flip-flops on Rice testimony

by on March 30th, 2004


President Bush agreed Tuesday to do what he had insisted for weeks he would not: allow National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to testify publicly and under oath before an independent panel investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The White House also agreed that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney would answer questions – together, in private – before the entire commission.

The turnabout reflected administration concern that the president’s strongest point with voters – his leadership in the war on terror – could be eroded if the high-publicity dispute over Rice’s testimony lingered.

Mike Thomas