The Iran Initiative: A Congressional Investigation
Russinoff, Paul D.
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From January 5th through March 20th, 1987, I was employed as a congressional intern with the office of Representative William S. Broomfield (R) Michiqan. As the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and as a member of the specially appointed Select Committee studying the Iranian initiative, Rep. Broomfield is an individual deeply involved with the investigation of this failed foreign policy. This paper seeks to explore the nature of a congressional investigation using the Iran initiative as a case study. The philosophy underlying my S.I.P. and its subsequent treatment of Congress's power to investigate stems from my experience learning about this foreign policy disaster while working and researching very close to the eye of the hurricane. My relation of the facts as I am currently aware of them will undoubtedly need revision when the completed reports are submitted by the Senate and House committee investigations. However, I must stress that this is not an analysis designed to get at the truth of what happened. This S.I.P. is an encapsulation of what was learned about the power to investigate as it concerned the Iranian initiative, while serving as a congressional intern.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.