The Tillman Fratricide

As Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Waxman led an investigation into the fratricide of U.S. Army Corporal Patrick Tillman. Below are documents and materials related to the investigation.

 

Committee Approves Tillman Report
Thursday, July 17, 2008

A Committee report on the investigations into the death of Corporal Patrick Tillman and the capture of Private Jessica Lynch discloses important new details about the incidents, but could not resolve “the key issue of what senior officials knew” because “the investigation was frustrated by a near universal lack of recall.”

The full Committee met on Thursday, July 17, 2008, to approve the report. Chairman Waxman also wrote to Secretary of Defense Gates on July 17 to request that documents used in the Committee’s investigation be declassified.

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White House Offers Accommodation on Tillman Investigation

Thursday, August 02, 2007

In a letter to White House Counsel Fred Fielding, Chairman Waxman and Ranking Member Davis respond favorably to his offer to make senior officials available for interviews, with no preconditions for future actions.

The Oversight Committee held a hearing on August 1st to examine what senior Defense Department officials knew about U.S. Army Corporal Patrick Tillman’s death by fratricide.

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The Tillman Fratricide: What the Leadership of the Defense Department Knew
Wednesday, August 01, 2007

On Wednesday, August 1, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing to examine what senior Defense Department officials knew about U.S. Army Corporal Patrick Tillman’s death by fratricide.

The following witnesses testified:

  • The Honorable Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense
  • Gen. John P. Abizaid (Retired),
    Former Commander, U.S. Central Command
  • Gen. Richard B. Myers (Retired),
    Former Chair, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Gen. Bryan Douglas Brown (Retired),
    Former Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command
  • Lt. Gen. Philip R. Kensinger, Jr. (Retired),
    Former Commander, U.S. Army Special Operations Command

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Committee Requests Specific Tillman Documents from the White House 
Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Today Chairman Waxman and Ranking Member Davis sent a letter to the White House requesting specific documents related to the death of U.S. Army Corporal Patrick Tillman, who was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004.

The White House has made available for staff review approximately 400-450 pages, which had previously been redacted or withheld. Following this review, the Committee is requesting that the White House provide the Committee several internal e-mail communications as well as drafts of the President' s remarks about Corporal Tillman at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

In addition, the Committee has announced its intention to interview or depose former White House officials, including Dan Bartlett, Scott McClellan, and Michael Gerson, regarding when and how White House and Pentagon officials learn of Corporal Tillman's death.

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Committee Objects to Withholding of Tillman Documents 
Friday, July 13, 2007

Today Chairman Waxman and Ranking Minority Member Davis sent a letter to the White House objecting to the withholding of documents related to the death of U.S. Army Corporal Patrick Tillman, who was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004. As a result of deficient responses from both the White House and Defense Department, the Committee also announced an August 1 hearing to examine what senior Defense Department officials knew about Corporal Tillman’s death.

Following the Committee’s April 24, 2007, hearing on the Tillman fratricide, the Committee wrote to White House Counsel Fred Fielding seeking “all documents received or generated by any official in the Executive Office of the President” relating to Corporal Tillman’s death. The White House Counsel’s office responded that it would not provide the Committee with documents that “implicate Executive Branch confidentiality interests” and produced only two communications with the officials in the Defense Department, one of which was a package of news clippings. The response of the Defense Department to the Committee’s inquiry was also deficient.

In response to the deficiencies in the White House and Defense Department productions, Chairman Waxman and Ranking Member Davis today sent letters to White House Counsel Fred Fielding and Defense Secretary Robert Gates requesting complete document production by July 25, 2007. Chairman Waxman also wrote the Republican National Committee to request communications about Corporal Tillman’s death by White House officials using e-mail accounts controlled by the RNC.

In addition, the Oversight Committee announced that a hearing will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2007, to investigate what senior officials at the Defense Department knew about Corporal Tillman’s death.

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Committee Inquires on Disciplinary Action 
Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Oversight Committee has asked General Ham whether disciplinary action was taken following Lt. Col. Kauzlarich's denigrating remarks questioning the Tillman family's faith.

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Committee Requests Lynch Report from U.S. Central Command 
Monday, April 30, 2007

Chairman Waxman writes to the Inspector General of U.S. Central Command requesting a copy of a report on their investigation of the false information circulated about the rescue of Army Private Jessica Lynch from An Nasiriyah, Iraq on April 1, 2003.

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Committee Seeks White House and Defense Secretary Communications about Tillman Death
Friday, April 27, 2007

Chairman Waxman asked the White House and Defense Department officials up the chain of command to provide the Oversight Committee with any communications relating to the death of Corporal Pat Tillman.

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Oversight Committee Holds Hearing on Tillman, Lynch Incidents
Tuesday, April 24, 2007

On April 24, 2007 the Oversight Committee held a hearing focusing on misleading information following the death of Army Ranger Specialist Patrick Tillman in Afghanistan and the capture and rescue of Army Private Jessica Lynch in Iraq.

The hearing focused on the death of Army Ranger Specialist Patrick Tillman in Afghanistan and the capture and rescue of Army Private Jessica Lynch in Iraq. The Committee will examine why inaccurate accounts of these two incidents were disseminated, the sources and motivations for the accounts, and whether the appropriate Administration officials have been held accountable.

Specialist Tillman was killed near Manah, Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. Although the Defense Department reported that he had been killed by enemy combatants, it was later disclosed that Tillman’s death was the result of friendly fire.

Private Lynch was captured when her convoy became lost in An Nasariyah, Iraq, on March 23, 2003. Following her release, the Defense Department disseminated an account of her capture and rescue that turned out to be inaccurate and misleading.

The following witnesses testified:

Panel I:

  • Mary Tillman, mother of Cpl. Pat Tillman
  • Kevin Tillman, brother of Cpl. Pat Tillman
  • Jessica Lynch, former Private, U.S. Army
  • Dr. Gene Bolles, former Chief of Neurosurgery, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany

Panel II:

  • Hon. Thomas F. Gimble, Acting Inspector General, Department of Defense
  • Brigadier General Rodney Johnson, Army Criminal Investigative Command
  • Specialist Bryan O'Neal, U.S. Army
  • Senior Chief Petty Officer Stephen White, Navy Seal
  • Lt. Col. John Robinson, formerly of U.S. Army Central Command (CENTCOM)

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