WASHINGTON -- White House counselor Edwin Meese, under pressure from Democrats, has agreed to return for questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination for attorney general, it was announced Tuesday.
'Meese has said that he will come,' said Mark Goodin, spokesman for committee chairman Strom Thurmond, R-S.C. 'We are negotiating with him for a time.'
Asked if Thurmond thought the second round of questioning of Meese is necessary to ensure a committee vote for confirmation, Goodin said of Thurmond, 'He just feels it would be productive all the way around.'
'It would be beneficial for Mr. Meese to appear,' Goodin said, adding that Thurmond's office asked Meese to return for questioning.
Goodin said he hoped that, by Wednesday, he will be able to set a time for Meese's return to the Hill. Meese was in Florida Tuesday.
Senate Democratic leader Robert Byrd of West Virginia said there is a consensus among the eight Democrats, who are in the minority on the Judiciary Committee, that questions remain on a number of topics - including what Meese knew about how the 1980 Reagan campaign got Jimmy Carter campaign information.