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President's Commission on Organized Crime - Hearing Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on S J Res 233, May 9, 1984

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The chairman and other representatives from the President's Commission on Organized Crime discussed why the Commission should be given the power to issue subpoenas and access to transcripts of court-authorized wiretaps as proposed in Senate Joint Resolution 233.
Following opening statements of the committee members, Judge Irving Kaufman, Commission Chairman, reviewed the Commission's activities since its establishment in July 1983. He stated that the group could not fulfill its mission without subpoena power, noting that both persons involved in unlawful activities and those who are respectable and lawabiding have been reluctant to give information to the Commission. Committee members questioned Judge Kaufman and his associates about complaints from Commission members that staff did not consult them, current restrictions on closed hearings, relations between the Commission and the Department of Justice, how to prevent information leaks, and liability issues. Responses to written questions submitted by the witness are appended along with correspondence and other materials related to the Commission's mandate and membership.