via: Raw Story
Recently appointed Attorney General Michael Mukasey seems not to be living up to his pledge to remain independent from White House meddling, and he apparently is ignoring a long-standing request for Justice Department documents regarding former CIA operative Valerie Plame’s outing by former Bush administration figures, according to a top congressional Democrat.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman on Tuesday reiterated his previous appeal to Mukasey for documents from Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation of the Plame leak. Waxman said that the attorney general has no reason to obstruct his committee’s investigation, as Mukasey did last week with a congressional inquiry into the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes.
Waxman noted that I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby — the former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney who was convicted after Fitzgerald’s investigation — has dropped his appeal, and the Justice Department is not conducting any further investigations. Therefore, the California Democrat says, Mukasey has no excuse to continue withholding the documents.
“Thus,” he wrote in a letter to Mukasey, “I request that you provide the Committee by January 3, 2008, with the documents requested in the Committee’s July 16 letter to Mr. Fitzgerald, including the reports of interviews with President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and other White House officials.”
Responding to congressional requests for information on the CIA’s destruction of videotapes showing harsh methods being used on waterboarding, Mukasey told lawmakers, essentially: Back off, we’ve got this one. The AG argued that attempts at congressional oversight could inhibit investigations being carried out within the CIA and Department of Justice.
“In the Plame matter, there is no pending Justice Department investigation and no pending Justice Department litigation,” Waxman reminded him. “Whatever the merits of the position you are taking in the CIA tapes inquiry, those considerations do not apply here.”
More of the same? Or, could this get interesting..?