Two days after the memo was sent, on May 1st, 2004, President Bush mentioned Tillman in his speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner. While no White House official could confirm to the committee whether or not McChrystal's message has reached the White House, the President did not discuss how Tillman died in his speech.
The committee also examined the circumstances surrounding the misinformation that was released following the capture and rescue of Private Jessica Lynch in Iraq in 2003. Sensational media reports attributed to military officials erroneously said that Private Lynch had engaged insurgents before her capture, firing until she ran out of ammunition. But as in the Tillman investigation, the committee said that it was hampered due to a "pervasive lack of recollection" about how that misleading information got released.
The full House committee will meet later this week to approve the report.