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Rumsfeld to Apologize to Congress, Friday
VOA News
07 May 2004, 15:13 UTC

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Donald Rumsfeld
Officials say U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will apologize to Congress for not keeping it informed about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners in U.S. custody.

Mr. Rumsfeld is expected to face tough questions about the prisoner abuse when he appears Friday, before the Senate and House of Representatives Armed Services committees.

Controversy over the mistreatment has sparked calls for Mr. Rumsfeld's resignation, and compelled President Bush to issue a public apology.

Lawmakers say Mr. Rumsfeld's testimony will be crucial to his survival as defense secretary. The committees are expected to press Mr. Rumsfeld about the extent of prisoner abuse at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, steps taken to correct the problem, and why lawmakers were not informed about the mistreatment earlier.

Officials say Mr. Rumsfeld will also ask that an independent commission be formed to review how the Defense Department handled the abuse cases.

Photo - CBS-TV 60 Minutes II
Photo - CBS-TV 60 Minutes II
The controversy began last week after U.S. television network CBS aired photos of Iraqi prisoners, some naked, posed in humiliating positions.

In addition to Mr. Rumsfeld, the committees will hear today from General Richard Myers, chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Among those calling for Mr. Rumsfeld to resign are the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and a prominent U.S. Muslim group, The Council on American-Islamic Relations.

President Bush has rejected calls for Mr. Rumsfeld's resignation, saying he is a valuable member of the cabinet.

Mr. Bush Thursday issued a rare public apology for the Iraqi prisoner abuse. Speaking at the White House after talks with Jordan's King Abdullah, Mr. Bush said he was "sorry" for the incidents, called them a stain on the country's honor and vowed to punish those responsible.