The Department of Justice report by Fine and Jarrett specifies that its investigation into Iglesias's removal was "hampered" because top White House officials, "whom appear to have significant first-hand knowledge regarding Iglesias's dismissal, refused our requests for an interview."
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who held several hearings on the subject, released a statement today saying, "This report might have told us even more if the investigation had not been impeded by the Bush administration's refusal to cooperate and provide documents and witnesses, just as they remain in contempt of Congress for failing to cooperate with the Judiciary committee's investigation."
Leahy expressed frustration by his inability to bring key Bush administration officials in for testimony and said he hoped the newly appointed prosecutor "can break down walls others cannot."
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., called the report "another confirmation of our suspicions."
"The $64,000 question remains unanswered: how heavily were Karl Rove, Harriet Miers and others at the White House involved in these firings," Schumer asked.
"It is about time that the baton gets passed to a prosecutor with the power to compel answers so that we can finally get at the truth instead of just circling around it," he said.