Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Mukasey Grants Security Clearances to DOJ Investigators

Domestic spying inquiry restarted at DoJ

"We recently received the necessary security clearances and are now able to proceed with our investigation," H. Marshall Jarrett, counsel for the OPR, wrote to Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y. A copy of the letter, dated Tuesday, was obtained by The Associated Press.

Hinchey and other Democrats have long sought an investigation into the spying program to see if it complies with the law. Efforts to investigate the program have been rebuffed by the Bush administration.

"I am happily surprised," Hinchey said. "It now seems because we have a new attorney general the situation has changed. Maybe this attorney general understands that his obligation is not to be the private counsel to the president but the chief law enforcement officer for the entire country."

The OPR investigation was begun in February 2006 but was shut down a few months later when the National Security Agency refused to grant Justice Department lawyers the security clearances to ask questions about the program. Justice Department officials said Gonzales recommended Bush approve the clearances, but the president said no.

Dare We Hope? Is this first play by the new Atty General a fake, a whitewash, or a real investigation into serious wrongdoing by the administration? I would hate to think that the only reason it's happening now is to take the pressure off the administration until he can slink back to Crawford.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

No way do I think Bush will allow this, but my fingers are crossed.


7:59 PM, November 15, 2007  

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