Investigators Hit Dead End In Pat Tillman Death Inquiry

07/22/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Mike Nizza New York Times

A House committee today announced that it had hit a dead end after months of investigating the mishandling of the death of Cpl. Pat Tillman, the N.F.L. player-turned soldier.

According to the draft report, the inquiry was "frustrated by a near universal lack of recall" from senior officials. "Not a single one could recall when he learned about the fratricide or what he did in response," the report said just before noting Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld's testimony: "I don't recall when I was told and I don't recall who told me."

Indeed, Mr. Rumsfeld and other military officials used some variation of "I don't recall" at least 82 times in three hours, according to one count from the committee's hearing on the subject last year.

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