President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney will meet next week with members
of a commission investigating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Cheney (l) with President Bush
White House spokesman Scott McClellan says President Bush and Vice President
Cheney will meet with commission members Thursday, April 29 at the White House.
He says both men look forward to answering whatever questions the commission
Unlike other members of the administration, the president and vice president
will not be testifying under oath.
The White House initially sought to limit the president's meeting with the
bi-partisan commission to a one-hour session with only its chairman and vice
chairman. Mr. Bush eventually agreed to meet with all commission members for
as long as they like, but only in a joint appearance with the vice president.
In commission testimony a former counter-terrorism chief has said the president
did not do enough to prevent the attacks, and after September 11 was distracted
by planning to invade Iraq. President Bush says he would have stopped the attacks
if he could have and only considered Iraq at that point as it related to toppling
terrorist allies in Afghanistan.