Waxman Subpoenas For Plame
For no particular reason, Attorney General Michael Mukasey has for months held on to documents relating to the Valerie Plame leak investigation. These include transcribed interviews special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald had with President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney. Today Henry A. Waxman, chair of the House oversight committee, issued a subpoena for their release.
In a letter to Mukasey last week, Waxman pointed out that he requested these documents back in December, and the AG has neither provided them nor provided an explanation for why they shouldn’t be released.
The saga of Valerie Plame, the covert CIA agent whose identity was leaked in 2003, has come back to life since Scott McClellan released his tell-all, What Happened. McClellan wrote that the "president and vice president directed me to go out there and exonerate Scooter Libby." McClellan will testify before the House Judiciary Committee Friday about the Plame leak.
The potential effect of this oversight work could range from helping MClellan’s book sales to figuring out Bush’s and Cheney’s role in a possibly criminal matter.