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March 30th, 2004 - 12:14 am

This looks like a fair compromise:

After resisting for months, White House officials worked yesterday to negotiate a compromise that would allow public release of national security adviser Condoleezza Rice’s testimony before the independent commission looking into the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to administration aides.

These aides said the White House believes Rice’s refusal to testify is becoming a political problem and officials are looking for a way out. The leading possibility is for Rice to submit to another private session with the commissioners and allow them to release a transcript, the aides said.

There’s a balance here between executive privilege and Congress’s duties. And that balance is especially tricky when it involves the National Security Advisor (who serves at the pleasure of the President, and without Senate approval) and a controversial (or at least, politically very sensitive) war.

If anything, this compromise serves as a nice change of pace for an overly-secret White House.

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