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Bush, Cheney to Meet with 9/11 Commission April 29 - 2004-04-21

President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney will meet next week with members of a commission investigating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan says President Bush and Vice President Cheney will meet with commission members Thursday, April 29 at the White House. He says both men look forward to answering whatever questions the commission has.

Unlike other members of the administration, the president and vice president will not be testifying under oath.

The White House initially sought to limit the president's meeting with the bi-partisan commission to a one-hour session with only its chairman and vice chairman. Mr. Bush eventually agreed to meet with all commission members for as long as they like, but only in a joint appearance with the vice president.

In commission testimony a former counter-terrorism chief has said the president did not do enough to prevent the attacks, and after September 11 was distracted by planning to invade Iraq. President Bush says he would have stopped the attacks if he could have and only considered Iraq at that point as it related to toppling terrorist allies in Afghanistan.