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Lawmakers Want Evidence on Iraq

Lawmakers Want Evidence on Iraq

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(Capitol Hill-AP) -- What was the evidence? That's what some senators are going to try to find out -- as they look at the intelligence information that was gathered before the war with Iraq.

Because no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq -- there's been a push to look at the information that was used to justify the war.

Democrats want to know if the intelligence on Saddam Hussein's weapons programs was accurate and whether it was manipulated to help make the case for war.

Leading Republicans say there's no evidence of wrongdoing and there is no need yet for an inquiry that goes much beyond routine oversight.

U-S officials have urged patience in finding Iraq's mass-destruction weapons.

Some British lawmakers want to hear from Prime Minister Tony Blair -- but he's not talking.

Blair says he won't appear before one of two parliamentary committees investigating how that government used intelligence to justify the war on Iraq.

Blair told lawmakers today he won't attend hearings of the foreign affairs committee, which meets in public. But he is expected to give evidence to the intelligence committee, which meets in private.

Blair says there's not "a shred of truth" to allegations his government manipulated evidence about Iraq's weapons programs to make a stronger case for war.

Similar allegations have surfaced in the United States.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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