Hearing Tomorrow on Release of Dick Cheney Interview in Valerie Plame Case
CREW advises that tomorrow morning, Judge Emmett Sullivan will hear arguments in its FOIA lawsuit on whether Dick Cheney's FBI interview in the Valerie Plame leaks investigation should be released to the public.
On April 8, 2009, CREW requested that the Obama administration release the interview in light of President Obama’s oft-stated claims of a commitment to transparency and accountability and Attorney General Holder’s promise of a presumption of openness. The current administration has refused to release the interview, siding with the Bush administration in keeping secret a document that would shed light on the former vice president’s role in destroying Valerie Plame Wilson’s covert CIA career and jeopardizing the lives of others with whom she came in contact.
Judge Emmet Sullivan has scheduled this second hearing to address questions he raised at the last hearing in this case. Judge Sullivan was particularly concerned with the government's supporting declaration and the basis for its claim that if the interview is released, White House officials will be unwilling to cooperate with lawful criminal investigations in the future. The Department of Justice has filed the declaration of Criminal Division head Lanny Breuer. DOJ's latest brief suggests the agency is more interested in protecting the interests of Bush and Cheney rather than any legitimate law enforcement interest of the agency, particularly in its suggestion that the public should wait six to ten years before being allowed access to the report.
I've written a few times about this, the last post with links to the actual pleadings is here. Among them:
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