Top Bush and Clinton Officials to Testify at 9-11 Hearings

MARCH 8, 2004 - Posted at 4:08 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON, DC - The federal panel reviewing the 9-11 attacks will hear from top officials in both the Clinton and Bush administrations during public hearings slated for later this month.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, CIA Director George Tenet and Secretary of State Colin Powell are among those scheduled to testify March 23 and 24.

Also slated to appear are former Clinton officials, Defense Secretary William Cohen, Secretary of State Madeline Albright and national security adviser Sandy Berger.

The 9-11 panel also wants President Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, to testify publicly.  But she has so far refused.

Commission officials say the hearings will be unprecedented in their review of what high-level officials could have done that might have prevented the attacks.

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