Additional Views of Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Activities of Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Toward the Branch Davidians

Report House of Representatives
104th Congress, 2nd Session, Union Calendar No. 395
August 2, 1996


    For the record, while I agree with the Waco-specific conclusions in 
the report, I want to note that Janet Reno has had a distinguished 
career in public service beginning in 1971 with the Judiciary Committee 
of the Florida House of Representatives. Her record of service and 
history of public integrity is long and worthy of additional comment. 
From the Florida House, she held positions with a State Senate 
committee, Dade County State Attorney's Office, was eventually appointed 
State Attorney for Dade County and elected to the position for five 
consecutive terms, culminating in her present position as Attorney 
General of the United States.
    Ms. Reno is widely respected as a woman of integrity and a selfless 
public servant. Indicative of her sincerity, she took complete 
responsibility and offered her resignation for the actions of Federal 
agencies toward the Branch Davidians near Waco, TX in 1993, after 
serving only a month as Attorney General. Ms. Reno has endeavored to 
improve the U.S. Justice System as shown by her recent and complementary 
handling of the Montana Siege which ended in a peaceful resolution. Her 
leadership in the Department of Justice has, in my view, since Waco been 
of considerable benefit to the citizens of the United States.

                                           Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.    

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