In May 1995, the Washington Post reported, "Deputy Attorney General Jamie S. Gorelick yesterday said the Clinton administration planned to drop its proposal to give the president absolute power to designate groups as terrorist organizations."
At issue was the Clinton administration's proposed counterterrorism legislation that would prohibit Americans from raising funds to support groups classified by the president as terrorist organizations. The original bill would not have allowed court challenges to the president's designations.
In her testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime Gorelick said, "We will recommend deletion of the assertions in that bill that the president's designations are unreviewable or conclusive."
Gorelick told reporters at the time that criticism from civil liberties groups convinced administration officials that the ban on court challenges was not necessary.
the deputy attorney general was assigned to Clinton's Citizenship USA program. Former Justice Department investigator David Schippers wrote in his 1999 book, "Sell Out" that it was Gorelick's task to expedite new rules under which criminal background checks were suspended for new immigrants.
The American Spectator quotes a Republican staffer saying, "[Gorelick] knows better than anyone about what was going on at Justice in the later days of the Clinton Administration. She had close ties there."
The staffer added, "In closed-door meetings, she has defended the Clinton people. How can they claim that Ashcroft and his people could do much of anything six weeks into moving into the building?"
"Gorelick should be testifying during these hearings; she should not be up there creating the appearance she played no role in what happened on 9/11, because she definitely did," says the staffer. "The Clinton folks had eight years to do something about Bin Laden. They did nothing. The Bush people had eight months. You'd think judging by the hearings that it was the other way around."
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