WASHINGTON, July 13 (UPI) -- A House committee will hold further hearings into the 2004 friendly-fire death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman in Afghanistan.
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said Friday the House Oversight Committee, which he chairs, will hold a hearing Aug. 1 into the Defense Department's handling of Tillman's death.
The committee heard testimony in April on the death of Tillman, who left the NFL Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the Army following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. U.S. officials initially said Tillman died in a firefight with the enemy, but later conceded he was killed by his own men.
Waxman and Ranking Member Tom Davis, R-Va., sent a letter to the White House Friday objecting to the withholding of documents the committee requested after the April hearing.
The White House in June invoked executive privilege in notifying Waxman and Davis it was withholding some documents.
"The main focus of the committee's investigation is to examine what the White House and the leadership of the Department of Defense knew about Cpl. Tillman's death and when they knew it," Waxman and Davis wrote. "Unfortunately, the document production from the White House sheds virtually no light on these matters."