WASHINGTON, July 6 (UPI) -- President Bush and former president Clinton are expected to be called before the independent commission investigating the Sept. ll, 2001, attacks.
Time magazine quotes one commission member, former Navy secretary John Lehman, as stating that he wants both Bush and Clinton to meet with the commission to discuss what their administrations knew about the al-Qaida terrorist plots and what was done to combat them prior to the attacks.
With the 10-member commission evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, Lehman's position makes it likely that a majority will request the interviews.
"I don't think any commission should ever formally call a president to testify," Lehman told Time, "but I think it is very much in the country's interest -- and in both President Clinton's and President Bush's interest -- to meet directly with the commissioners."
White House press secretary Ari Fleischer reponded: "The White House has been and will continue to cooperate with the commission."