Two Louisiana Democrats have released a 57 page supplement to the House report on Katrina which criticizes the House Committee for stopping short of answering important questions and demanding accountability. The Times Picayune reports that Reps. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, and William Jefferson, D-New Orleans say…
the House panel should have demanded the ouster of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and should have subpoenaed documents from the Bush administration.
They said that the lack of cooperation left four key questions about the role of the White House unresolved:
— How did top White House officials respond to Brown’s urgent warnings and requests for assistance just before and after Katrina hit land?
— Why were top White House officials, including President Bush and Chief of Staff Andrew Card, still on vacation as the storm neared and unaware of key developments in the crucial days before and after the hurricane hit?
— Why did President Bush and Chertoff say in interviews that levees held until Aug. 30 when they failed almost immediately after landfall on Aug. 29?
— Why did the top homeland security official in the White House situation room the evening of the hurricane leave his post at 10 p.m. “satisfied” the response was well in hand?
Hopefully Chertoff will face tough questioning tomorrow when he appears before the Senate’s committee investigating Katrina. (I intend to liveblog his appearance)