WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A leak of a letter seeking an investigation into the leaking of U.S. classified information caused confusion among the Republican congressional leadership.
The letter -- eventually signed by House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. -- asked intelligence committees from both houses of Congress to find out how The Washington Post learned of secret CIA prisons in foreign countries.
Confusion before the formal release of the letter showed the difficulty Republicans in the House and Senate have in working together, The Hill, a Washington newspaper, reported.
The letter was leaked before either leader signed it, leading to questions from the media before it was known if the document was finalized. The Hill said the leak seemed to pressure Hastert into signing it. Frist signed it several hours later, but only after the confusion put several lawmakers on the spot.
Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., told The Hill: "It's hard to get the Senate to partner on the message. The Senate is not a cohesive group. Even within the Senate's majority senators, you can't get them to coordinate."