[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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