FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 1998
SEN. SHELBY COMMENTS ON U. S. TECHNOLOGY TRANSFERS TO CHINA FOLLOWING CLOSED BUSINESS MEETING OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE
WASHINGTON, D. C. --- U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, delivered the following comments following a closed business meeting of Senate Intelligence Committee.
SEN. SHELBY: "The Majority Leader is entitled to his own judgements or his own conclusions -- just like any of us. Obviously, he has made some preliminary conclusions. I think some of the tendencies of the evidence tend to support the judgements he has made.
As Chairman of the Committee, I have not made any preliminary judgements as to where we are at this time. We've only had six hearings. There is a lot of information still to be uncovered. We know these are sensitive political issues and we know a lot of people are very sensitive about it. I've worked with Sen. Kerrey and others, as far as the Intelligence Committee is concerned, to carry out this inquiry in a bipartisan fashion. I will reserve my judgements or my conclusions to the end of the inquiry.
I am hoping the Democrats will be cooperative with us in a bipartisan effort -- we've tried to operate in that way. Perhaps some people don't want this inquiry to go on. But it is going to go on, and I hope it goes on it a bipartisan way.
The Majority Leader is the Leader of the Senate, and he is entitled to his judgement. He might know information that some others of us might not know. I've sat in on some of the Task Force meetings, but he has sat in on every one of them, and he is getting information from a number of other Committees.
The Intelligence Committee has not reached any preliminary judgement. We all have our own ideas on what is going on, what happened, how it happened, but this inquiry is a long way from over.
I don't believe, as some have alleged, that Sen. Lott's remarks have damaged our investigation. A lot of people are very sensitive because we are dealing with explosive issues and a lot of people want us to end the inquiry and drop the Task Force, but we won't.
Sen. Kerrey and I get along well. We each have candid views."