Judge to Review Cheney Interview In CIA Leak Case

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    Judge to Review Cheney Interview In CIA Leak Case

    news. yahoo.com/s/ap/ us_cheney_cia_leak

    By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer Nedra Pickler,
    Associated Press Writer – June 18, 2009

    WASHINGTON – A federal judge said Thursday that he wants to look at notes from
    the FBI's interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney during the investigation
    into who leaked the identity of a CIA operative.

    U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan's decision to review the documents followed
    arguments by Obama administration lawyers that sounded much like the reasons the
    Bush administration provided for keeping Cheney's interview from the public.

    Justice Department lawyers told the judge that future presidents and vice presidents
    may not cooperate with criminal investigations if they know what they say could
    become available to their political opponents and late-night comics who would
    ridicule them.

    "If we become a fact-finder for political enemies, they aren't going to cooperate,"
    Justice Department attorney Jeffrey Smith said during a 90-minute hearing. "I don't
    want a future vice president to say, `I'm not going to cooperate with you because I
    don't want to be fodder for 'The Daily Show.'"

    Sullivan said the Justice Department must give him more precise reasons for keeping
    the information confidential than they had in previous court filings.

    Cheney agreed to talk to FBI agents in June 2004... >>> MORE >>>>

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