[FoRK] Plamegate gets bigger...
jbone at place.org
jbone at place.org
Sun Mar 7 11:06:12 PST 2004
Via Lisa Rein...
Air Force One Phone Records Subpoenaed - White House Implicated Over
CIA Agent Outing
Air Force One Phone Records Subpoenaed
By Tom Brune for Newsday.
The federal grand jury probing the leak of a covert CIA officer's
identity has subpoenaed records of Air Force One telephone calls in the
week before the officer's name was published in a column in July,
according to documents obtained by Newsday.
Also sought in the wide-ranging document requests contained in three
grand jury subpoenas to the Executive Office of President George W.
Bush are records created in July by the White House Iraq Group, a
little-known internal task force established in August 2002 to create a
strategy to publicize the threat posed by Saddam Hussein.
And the subpoenas asked for a transcript of a White House spokesman's
press briefing in Nigeria, a list of those attending a birthday
reception for a former president, and, casting a much wider net than
previously reported, records of White House contacts with more than two
dozen journalists and news media outlets.
The three subpoenas were issued to the White House on Jan. 22, three
weeks after Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. attorney in Chicago, was
appointed special counsel in the probe and during the first wave of
appearances by White House staffers before the grand jury.
The investigation seeks to determine if anyone violated federal law
that prohibits officials with security clearances from intentionally or
knowingly disclosing the identity of an undercover agent...
White House implicated
The subpoenas underscore indications that the initial stages of the
investigation have focused largely on the White House staff members
most involved in shaping the administration's message on Iraq, and
appear to be based in part on specific information already gathered by
investigators, attorneys said Thursday.
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