Witness List for First Day of Hearings on Independent Counsel Act

WASHINGTON — Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Fred Thompson (R-TN) and Ranking Member Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) today announced the committee will hear testimony from the following witnesses regarding the Independent Counsel Act on Wednesday, February 24, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in 342 Dirksen:

Panel I

Senator Howard Baker
Former Senate Majority Leader

Griffin Bell
Former U.S. Attorney General


Panel II

Arthur Christy
Special Prosecutor in Hamilton Jordan investigation

Joseph diGenova
Independent Counsel in Clinton passport file investigation

Curtis von Kann
Independent Counsel in investigation of Eli Segal, Americorps chief


The current Independent Counsel statute expires June 30, 1999, and Congress must decide whether to reauthorize it, reauthorize it with amendments, devise a new system of handling cases of apparent violations of the law by high government officials, or return to a reliance on pre-independent counsel law.

Senators Thompson and Lieberman intend for the hearings to extend for several additional days in March and for witnesses to include independent counsels, former Attorneys General, defense attorneys, academics, and subjects of previous investigations.

# # #