Investigation of Senate Leak of FBI Report

In this excerpt, the U.S. Senate debated over how to respond to leaks of secret Senate documents. The issue before the Senate was a… read more

In this excerpt, the U.S. Senate debated over how to respond to leaks of secret Senate documents. The issue before the Senate was a proposal put forth by California Senator John Seymour. Last week, on the floor of the Senate, the junior Republican member called for a 30-day FBI probe into the release of confidential documents during the Senate’s consideration of the Thomas Supreme Court nomination. On Thursday, Senator Seymour announced that he had drafted an amendment regarding his FBI. investigation request, a measure which he hoped to attach to an upcoming bill. Today, during consideration of S. 596, a bill dealing with the disposal of hazardous wastes, Senator Seymour offered his amendment. For about an hour, the Senate engaged in debate over that measure, and over a counter resolution offered by Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, which would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate all disclosures of confidential senate reports. The Senate passed the Mitchell resolution by a vote of 86 to 12. Members then went on to defeat the Seymour amendment 43 to 55. close

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Investigation of Senate Leak of FBI Report

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Program ID:
22296-1
Category:
Senate Highlight
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Senate Highlight
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Oct 25, 1991
Last Aired:
Oct 27, 1991

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  • Oct 25, 1991 | 1:37am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Oct 25, 1991 | 5:35am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Oct 27, 1991 | 10:20am EST | C-SPAN 1
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