Like their House counterparts, Democrats in line to take over committee chairmanships in the Senate at the beginning of next year are expected to target pre-war intelligence, Halliburton and the CIA, but the credit card industry is also very nervous. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.): Dodd’s likely appointment as chairman of the powerful Senate Banking Committee is making the credit card industry nervous, according to the trade publication American Banker. Dodd, who’s served on the committee for 25 years, has been a harsh critic of what he calls "wallet-sized predatory loans." And there’s more from Dodd. The senator who currently also holds a seat on the Committee on Foreign Relations has already personally made calls to experts for hearings on the CIA’s rendition flights. THE BLOTTER RECOMMENDS Payback Time: Who the Democrats Will Target To the Victors, Go the Subpoenas: Feds Continue New Jersey Probe Click Here to Check Out More of the Brian Ross Page Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.): As chairman of the powerful Judiciary Committee, Sen. Leahy is not only expected to be tough on future Bush judicial nominees, but he is also said to be intent on pursuing domestic surveillance and wiretapping issues Carl Levin (D-Mich.): Described by veteran investigators as a "serious guy," as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, expect Sen. Levin to dig into Iraq reconstruction and contracting abuses, including Halliburton. Levin could also take over the chairmanship of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which, despite a relatively small staff, has the potential to be a powerhouse investigative subcommittee.
Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.): Rockefeller is in line to become Chairman of the Intelligence Committee. While officially his office carefully says "oversight," not investigations, are a top priority, his staffers are known to be eager to dig deep into the controversial rendition flights, NSA warrantless surveillance and CIA secret prisons. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.): Despite running as an Independent, Sen. Lieberman is in line for the chairmanship of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The mercurial Lieberman is hard to predict, and that makes his Democratic contemporaries nervous.