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Selecting the Select Committee

Thursday, September 8, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Senate and House have agreed on a single select committee, comprised of members from both bodies, to investigate the aftermath of Katrina.

Personnel will make or break this committee. The GOP should name Senators McConnell, Kyl, and Coleman –the three best questioners I have seen, with Senator Hatch a close fourth. I understand Senator Collins gets the nod as well because of her position as Chair of Homeland Security. I can’t imagine more than five GOP senators on the committee, so if Senator Frist is making sure that this doesn’t become a repeat of the 9/11 Commission, he’ll ask these members to serve.

(Pray that Reid puts Leahy/Biden/Schumer/Durbin on the committee.)

On the House side, Haster and DeLay will know their toughest prosecutors, and they should get the nod. No old and tired time servers, but young and aggressive battlers who will know how to follow up a question without the help of a note-card from staff.

Which brings up the question of who will serve as lead counsel to the Committee. Believe it or not, this is the key personnel choice, and the lawyer in charge of the staff’s investigation, and the all important use of the subpoena, had better be a tried and true prosecutor who will not be intimidated by the slime machine of the left. I suspect former House Impeachment Manager, state legislator, judge and prosecutor James Rogan is available, but if not, someone in that mold.

Watch the staff. That’s the first clue as to whether Majority Leader Frist and the House leadership understand the stakes.

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