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Sen. Pat Roberts comes under scrutiny in [The Hill][1] today for his work on Senate Ethics Committee.That committee is investigating the leak of classified information from a joint congressional inquiry in 2002. According to The Hill, two witnesses who were interviewed in an FBI probe of the leak are reluctant to talk to the ethics committee - because Roberts, who also chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, has not recused himself from the case.The Hill:"The witnesses are reluctant to cooperate with the ethics panel because, they said, the FBI's investigation focused on Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), who at the time was the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, and because Shelby's former staff director Bill Duhnke and deputy staff director Jim Hensler now serve as Roberts's top aides on Intelligence."The witnesses expressed concern that, as a result of Roberts's participation in the Ethics Committee probe, Duhnke and Hensler may learn the substance of what the witnesses told investigators. There is no public evidence that Duhnke or Hensler was connected to the leaking of the information."Roberts and his spokeswoman Sarah Little declined several requests for comment. Duhnke and Hensler did not respond to requests for comment."Roberts told Roll Call newspaper last month that he would participate in the Ethics Committee probe and that he decided against recusal because he believes his expertise on intelligence matters will help guide other members of the panel, none of whom is a member of Intelligence. Roberts also said the ethics inquiry would begin soon."According to The Hill, "government watchdog" types are questioning Roberts' continued role in the ethics committee probe.Other links:Sam Brownback links [(WIBW) Brownback on Pope:][2] Kansas Senator Sam Brownback has met the new Pope Benedict the 16th, and calls him a ``godly and prayerful'' man. Brownback, a convert to Catholicism, issued a statement congratulating the new pope on his selection today as the successor to John Paul the SecondDennis Moore links [(UPI) Health Biz: Drug importation moves closer:][3] More signs point to drug-importation legislation making it through this session of Congress -- but it is not a sure thing. Concerns over safety remain among Republicans, even as the political pieces are falling into place for a bill to reach President Bush's desk. ... ndependent Bernard Sanders of Vermont also is a co-sponsor, along with Democrats Marion Berry of Arkansas, Dennis Moore of Kansas, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Thomas Allen of Maine. How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][4] [1]: http://www.thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/042005/witnesses.html [2]: http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/1489467.html [3]: http://www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20050419-015715-7249r.htm [4]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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