Senate Leaders Say Elian Inquiry will be 'Limited'

By Bruce Sullivan | July 7, 2008 | 8:26 PM EDT

( - Senate Republican leaders promised on Sunday to hold inquiries into the pre-dawn Easter weekend Justice Department raid that took six-year-old Elian Gonzalez from the home of his Miami relatives, saying the inquiry would be short, but insightful.

"I think we ought to ask the basic questions, try to find out what happened, see if there's any change in the law we should consider, and then move on to other issues," said Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, (R-MS), on Fox News Sunday. "We don't intend to have a long protracted set of hearings," he added.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, (R-UT) said on NBC's Meet The Press that his committee may hold closed hearings on the raid conducted April 22 by the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood.

"We're just interested in one thing, and that is, was the law broken? Did the attorney general and the INS abide by the law?" asked Hatch.

"It will be limited, basically, to whether or not the laws were broken, whether or not this was excessive force," said Hatch.

He did not rule out calling Attorney General Janet Reno as a witness.