Waxman seeks documents on Tillman’s death

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, on Friday sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and a letter to White House Counsel Fred Fielding demanding documents relating to how and when Pentagon and Bush Administration officials learned of the circumstances surrounding the April 2004 friendly fire death in Afghanistan of Army Cpl. Pat Tillman, the former NFL star who hailed from the South Bay.

Waxman’s committee held a hearing on Tillman’s death earlier this week; he wants the documents turned over to him by May 18. This is only one of the high-profile, high-stakes investigations the committee is pursuing at the moment: Others include pre-war intelligence on Iraq; the White House’s use of private e-mail accounts to evade open-government laws; and the White House’s political campaign briefings to federal agencies.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.