The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today sent Attorney General Michael Mukasey a subpoena demanding the FBI interview records of Vice President Dick Cheney and President George W. Bush in the CIA agent identity leak probe.
For months, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the committee's chairman, has been requesting Mukasey turn over unredacted documents related to the White House outing of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson's name. (See correspondence here and here).
However, the Justice Department has balked at releasing the entire file of the investigation by ex-Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, now the U.S. attorney in Chicago. Justice officials have refused to share the FBI interviews of Cheney and Bush and instead have given Waxman's staff interviews of former White House staff with deleted passages.
The request for Bush's and Cheney's FBI reports "raises serious separation of powers and heightened confidentiality concerns," wrote Keith Nelson, principal deputy assistant attorney general of Justice's Office of Legislative Affairs, to Waxman on June 11.
Waxman also wants uncensored FBI reports of interviews with former White House staffers Karl Rove, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Condoleeza Rice, Scott McClellan, and Cathie Martin.
New details about Cheney's and Bush's roles in the Plame affair by McClellan in his book, What Happened: Inside The Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, have bolstered Waxman to press for more access to Justice files. The revelations are the subject of a hearing this Friday before the House Judiciary Committee, where McClellan is expected to testify.