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LATER THAT DAY Goss told a closed-door conference
committee he couldn't accept the deal, citing instructions from
"above my pay grade," sources say. Goss later said he was
referring to other House leaders, not Cheney. Goss wouldn't
discuss his call from the VP but said it wasn't the "determining
factor" in his stand.
Cheney's office said the VP's only instruction to Goss was
to "keep negotiating," and Bushies insist they still hope to hammer
out a new deal before Congress goes home this week. One
obstacle: subpoena power. Last week's proposed deal would
allow any five members of the 10-member panel to subpoena
documents, including internal White House intelligence briefs. But
White House officials say this would allow congressional
Democrats—who will control half the appointees—to "politicize"
the commission. Cheney strongly opposes the idea of any
independent body's poking into the White House's conduct. He
has repeatedly objected to efforts by a separate
joint-intelligence-committee inquiry to obtain documents and
interview key witnesses, including an FBI informant who lived
with two of the 9-11 hijackers. Bush officials insist the VP's stand
is based on "principle," not fear of embarrassments. Even some
congressional critics tend to agree. "There's just this general
philosophical orientation that the less the world knows, the
better," says one GOP staffer.
—Michael Isikoff and Tamara Lipper