1436Senators: Cheney Should Be Probed in Leak
- Feb 12, 2006It should be mentioned that Allen will likely seek the
GOP presidential nomination in 2008, and is likely now
thinking about what may appeal to moderate voters.
Senators: Cheney Should Be Probed in Leak
1 hour, 23 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald should
investigate Vice President Dick Cheney and others in
the CIA leak probe if they authorized an aide to give
secret information to reporters, Democratic and
Republican senators said Sunday.
Sen. Jack Reed (news, bio, voting record), D-R.I.,
called the leak of intelligence information
"inappropriate" if it is true that unnamed "superiors"
instructed Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis
"Scooter" Libby, to divulge the material on Iraq.
Sen. George Allen), R-Va., said a full investigation
"I don't think anybody should be releasing classified
information, period, whether in the Congress,
executive branch or some underling in some
bureaucracy," said Allen, who appeared with Reed on
"Fox News Sunday."
According to court documents disclosed last week,
Libby told a federal grand jury that he disclosed in
July 2003 the contents of a classified National
Intelligence Estimate as part of the Bush
administration's defense of intelligence used to
justify invading Iraq.
Fitzgerald said in the documents it was his
understanding that "Mr. Libby testified that he was
authorized to disclose information about the NIE to
the press by his superiors."
The White House has refused to comment on the case.
"I think this calls into question in terms of
Fitzgerald's investigation of the conduct of the vice
president and others," Reed said. "I think he has to
look closely at their behavior."
Allen expressed confidence in Fitzgerald, whom he
called "a very articulate, professional prosecutor."
"And I think the facts will lead wherever they lead,
and I think he will prosecute as appropriate," Allen
Libby, 55, was indicted on charges that he lied to
FBI agents and the grand jury about how he learned CIA
operative Valerie Plame's identity and when he told
reporters. He is not charged with leaking classified information.