The Defense Department “said Tuesday it could not release the personnel file of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the suspected shooter in the Fort Hood killing spree last November, to the two senators seeking it as part of the subpoenas they served to the Obama administration on Monday,” Fox News reports.
Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, the top Republican on the panel, want access to Hasan’s file to see if there was evidence shoved aside by his bosses that he was an insider threat because of his extremist views.
The senators are also calling on the administration to release by next Monday prosecutorial interviews with witnesses, a supplement to the Pentagon’s independent review. They also want to have interviews arranged with Pentagon and FBI officials who investigated Hasan after his contact with radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
But in a written statement, Defense Department spokesman Les Melnyk said releasing Hasan’s personnel file might jeopardize the ongoing prosecution of Hasan – an assertion the senators dispute.
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