Marcy Wheeler has a new blog and a new story for our edification:
Well, it turns out that Waxman has been no happier than we are about Bush
obstructing justice pardoningcommuting Libby's sentence. Turns out he asked Fitzgerald for his FBI files (that is, testimony not before the Grand Jury and therefore not subject to secrecy laws) back in July, not long after the commutation. But Bush won't let him have the files. So now Waxman has sent Mukasey a letter asking for some help getting the files.[..]
So here's the key detail from Waxman--defining what he wants, and what he has already gotten:
Transcripts, reports, notes, and other documents relating to any interviews outside the presence of the grand jury of any of the following individuals:
- President George W. Bush
- Vice President Dick Cheney
- Andrew Card
- Stephen Hadley
- Karl Rove
- Dan Bartlett
- Scott McClellan
Since the Committee's letter was sent on July 16, Mr. Fitzgerald and his staff have cooperated with the Committee's investigation and have produced a number of responsive documents to the Committee. Among the documents that Mr. Fitzgerald has produced to the Committee are "FBI302 reports" of interviews with CIA and State Department officials and other individuals.
So, let's see here. George Bush won't let Waxman get the details of the (rumored to be contentious) interviews with Dick and Bush. Nor will he let us have evidence of Karl Rove's first story--before it became his second story and then his third story. And Stephen Hadley, who was definitely in the middle of things the week of the leak (you know--he's the guy who told Libby that Bush "was comfortable" with the response to Wilson after they had begun to leak Valerie Wilson's identity)? Well, Bush doesn't want Waxman to have that either. Read on...