In brief: Lawmakers want fast action in leaks inquiry
WASHINGTON – The heads of the House and Senate intelligence committees said the Justice Department must move quickly and ignore politics in investigating possible unauthorized disclosures of classified information.
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Republican Rep. Mike Rogers suggested on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that they’re willing to see how prosecutors conduct their investigation before considering whether a department-appointed special counsel should take over.
Rogers said he’ll be watching for signs of undue political influence.
Feinstein said she believes Obama’s assertion that the White House wasn’t involved in the disclosures and she hopes the investigation can “get to a relatively quick disposition.”
At issue are disclosures about U.S. involvement in cyberattacks on Iran and drone strikes on suspected terrorists, and an al-Qaida plot to place an explosive device aboard a U.S.-bound flight.
Pastor Dollar denies battering his daughter
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. – Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar staunchly denied Sunday that he punched and choked his 15-year-old daughter in an argument, telling his congregation the allegations made in a police report are nothing but “exaggeration and sensationalism.”
“I will say this emphatically: I should have never been arrested,” Dollar said in his first public appearance two days after police charged him with misdemeanor counts of simple battery and cruelty to children.
The pastor got an enthusiastic ovation from the packed church as he took the pulpit Sunday at the World Changers Church International in metro Atlanta.
“I want you all to hear personally from me that all is well in the Dollar household,” Dollar said.
The 50-year-old Dollar is one of the most prominent African-American preachers based around Atlanta, with 30,000 members in the Atlanta area and a ministry of satellite churches across the U.S.
He was arrested after his 15-year-old daughter called 911 at about 1 a.m. Friday and told a Fayette County sheriff’s deputy that she and her father argued when he said she couldn’t go to a party. A police report says the girl told a deputy her father charged at her, put his hands around her throat, began to punch her and started hitting her with his shoe.
The report said the deputy also interviewed Dollar’s 19-year-old daughter, who said her father grabbed her sister’s shoulders and slapped her in the face and choked her for about five seconds.