July 29, 2008
Senators call for EPA Administrator Johnson's resignation
It's about time. Johnson has stonewalled for the Bush administration long enough.
Yesterday Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) called for EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson's resignation, charging that Johnson had given misleading testimony before Congress, refused to cooperate with Oversight investigations and politicized EPA decisions. According a press release issued by the EPW committee, they also havee requested that Attorney General Mukasey investigate apparent contradictions between the sworn testimony of Administrator Johnson and the testimony of other sworn witnesses regarding the circumstances surrounding EPA's denial California's request for a waiver under the Clean Air Act to set strong standards for global warming emissions from vehicles.
Talking Points Memo, reporting on the resignation request, noted that Johnson "repeatedly refused" to appear before Congressional committees, including the Senate Judiciary Committee, which canceled a hearing scheduled for July 30, after Johnson informed them he would not be coming -- and that when Johnson has testified before congressional committee, he has "driven questioners to furious distraction" by refusing to answer questions and his convenient memory loss when ask to recount events.
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