White House spokesman Tony Snow says he wants “cooler heads” to prevail and “facts” to be presented in the flaring dispute over the sentences imposed on two former U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Snow was responding to a question from WND correspondent Les Kinsolving at the daily White House press briefing yesterday.
Kinsolving asked: “Sen. (Dianne) Feinstein has been authorized by Judiciary Committee Chairman (Patrick) Leahy to lead a Senate investigation of the case of former U.S. Border Patrol Agent Ignacio Ramos, who was assaulted by four other inmates in the federal prison in Yazoo City, Miss., about which Sen. Feinstein said this – and this is a quote – ‘I urge the committee to look into why these agents are not being protected in the federal prison system. It is not hard to predict that two federal agents would be targeted in a prison population.’
“And my question, what is the president’s reaction to this upcoming investigation and Republican Congressman (Dana) Rohrabacher’s warning of ‘impeachment talk’ if either of these agents is killed,” he asked.
“You know, this is a time when cooler heads ought to prevail and facts ought to be presented,” Snow replied. “Therefore, we’re perfectly happy with anything that will reveal the facts of this case. I think there are efforts ongoing and may yield fruit quite soon to get the full transcripts of the trial of agents Campion and Ramos out before the public, every syllable. You and your guys can read them. You know, obviously, we’re concerned about the safety of anybody in the prison system.”
The two agents were charged, tried and convicted of shooting a fleeing drug smuggler in the buttocks. They were given sentences of 11 and 12 years in jail, while federal prosecutors granted the drug smuggler immunity to return to the United States and testify against the law enforcement officers. The circumstances of the case have outraged many concerned over the problems of illegal immigration and running drugs from Mexico into the United States. Dozens of members of Congress as well as several activist groups have called for the officers to be pardoned.
The White House so far has rejected those demands.
Kinsolving also asked about the reaction from the president, who used to own a major league baseball team, to the death last week of Eddie Feigner.
Snow said he would have to speak for himself, and thought the player might have been under-rated.
Born in 1925, Feigner in 1946 organized a four-man softball team, taking on all comers, and in 1950, he named the team “The King and His Court,” touring the nation.
His softball pitches were clocked at 104 miles per hour, 1 mph faster than the fastest fastball ever turned in by a major league baseball player. He pitched in more than 10,000 games, collecting 930 no-hitters, 238 perfect games, 1,916 shutouts and more than 141,000 strikeouts.
He suffered a stroke in 2000 and died last week.
WND also asked about a statement from Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, who was in Berlin, N.H., and answered a question about her vote for the military move into Iraq with the following statement:
“I’ve taken responsibility for my vote. Mistakes were made by this president, who came into office with an obsession to oust Saddam Hussein. I’m not a psychiatrist. I don’t know all the reasons behind their concern. Some might say obsession.”
“Question: Will the president remain silent about this presidential candidate’s charge that he is obsessed?” Kinsolving asked.
“Yes, but I hope you will read them with equal feeling at all times,” Snow said.
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