Thursday, October 27, 2005

Cheney and Libby withheld documents from Senate probe

The National Journal in an online exclusive tonight:

The new information that Cheney and Libby blocked information to the Senate Intelligence Committee further underscores the central role played by the vice president's office in trying to blunt criticism that the Bush administration exaggerated intelligence data to make the case to go to war.

This does not appear to be linked to the investigation by Patrick Fitzgerald (though I had to skim this story to get it up before I leave for the evening). More:

Had the withheld information been turned over, according to administration and congressional sources, it likely would have shifted a portion of the blame away from the intelligence agencies to the Bush administration as to who was responsible for the erroneous information being presented to the American public, Congress, and the international community.

In April 2004, the Intelligence Committee released a report that concluded that "much of the information provided or cleared by the Central Intelligence Agency for inclusion in Secretary Powell's [United Nation's] speech was overstated, misleading, or incorrect."

This is what we get with an administration on permanent campaign mode. They will get something too, don't worry...


Anonymous F.D.S. (from fdsBlog, now The Digest of Opinions) said...

Knew it. Let's see what happens tomorrow.

8:57 PM  

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