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Judge Orders Release Of Cheney Remarks

From a delighted Washington Post:

Government Ordered to Release Much of What Cheney Told Leak Investigators

By Del Quentin Wilber
Friday, October 2, 2009

A federal judge Thursday ordered the Justice Department to make public large portions of statements made by then-Vice President Richard B. Cheney to federal investigators about the Valerie Plame case.

Ruling in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by a public-interest group, the judge dismissed government objections to releasing FBI reports and notes that describe an interview that Cheney had with a special prosecutor.

The government had argued that it could withhold the records because their release might chill cooperation by White House officials in future investigations…

But U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled that the government’s arguments were too vague to justify withholding the documents.

To properly withhold the records, the judge said, the Justice Department has to show that the release of specific information contained in the Cheney reports would harm a future investigation. That is not the case with the Cheney records, the judge wrote.

The government conceded in court hearings that no prosecutions would result from the information Cheney supplied.

Sullivan did agree with the Justice Department, however, that the government can withhold "limited information" involving national security matters, personal information or communications between Cheney and then-President George W. Bush.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sought the records under the Freedom of Information Act last year.

Anne Weismann, chief counsel for CREW, said, "Overall, we are very pleased that the judge did not accept an interpretation of FOIA that would have allowed the government to withhold law enforcement records in virtually every case."

She said she was disappointed that the judge is allowing the Justice Department to withhold portions of the documents. Weismann said the redacted portions of the documents might be "the most revealing." …

In case anyone still wonders why Mr. Leahy and the Democrats want to put 63 more federal judges on the bench.

(For the record, Judge Sullivan was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a United States District Judge for the District of Columbia in On June 16, 1994.)

By the way, don’t be fooled by the purported objections of the administration. Indeed, notice how quickly the government conceded defeat.

This FOIA suit was brought by the Soros front, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which is run by the former Joe Biden and John Conyers staffer, Melanie Sloan.

They were the same ethicists who kept the (ultimately innocuous) Mark Foley emails under wraps until it was too late for the GOP to replace him on the ballot.

CREW has also demanded that the Plame case be re-opened. They were and probably still are active in Mr. and Mrs Plames various lawsuits.

CREW is just another adjunct to Mr. Obama’s army. Or rather, Mr. Soros’.

Oh, and note that the Washington Post neglects to mention the fact that Mr. Armitage was the person who leaked Plame’s identity to Mr. Novak – and, indeed, before that to their own reporter, Mr. Woodword.

And never mind that according to Mr. Armitage it was Mr. Plame (aka Joe Wilson) himself who was telling everyone his wife was at the CIA.

Mr. Cheney must be forever smeared with this lie. Our media’s masters, the DNC, demand it.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 2nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Judge Orders Release Of Cheney Remarks”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    This is such a non issue and who frigging cares anymore other that the dems. Just to use as a distraction.

  2. BillK says:

    Next up – “security” is too vague so all CIA and NSA documents must be made available to the press as well.

    Don’t pretend for a moment the left wouldn’t love that.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Not just a distraction but a “pre-emptive” strike on Cheney endorsing any republican candidate in 2011. If they can discredit him, they will effectively squelched his credibility. But they are grasping at straws and this whole thing is likely a useless play.

    So they lose a timeout because the instant replay review will show that the original call was and is valid.

    • Elektra says:

      They are afraid of his awesome daughter, maybe?

      “We’ll see.” -Liz Cheney

      She may run in 2010…

  4. proreason says:

    It’s an interesting irony of history that the REAL violence didn’t start until ordinary people began to have some sayso in the way the world works.

    Until about 1776, war was pretty much under the thumb of divine despots. Not that it wasn’t violent enough that way.

    But once the people began to influence things, Katie barred the door. Our Revolution was just a shadow of what was to come. In quick succession, the world got the French Revolution, the Napoleanic Wars, the American Civil War, numerous other wars in the 19th century, WWI, the Russian Revolution, the Mao Revolution, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan and the genocide wars in Africa.

    I only bring this to you attention to point out that the destruction of the ruling elites during events like the French Revoluion and the Russian Revolution was pretty catastrophic. Now you may not think the people had that much influence on those events, but in constrast to the ruling elites at the time, it’s indisputable.

    And now we have our very own arrogant, insolent, ignorent Ruling Elite who refuse to listen to the people, a people who are increasingly, shall we say, “interested” or “perturbed” or “upset” or “angry” or “outraged” or even “infuriated”.

    Keep at it Obamy and crew.

    Keep at it.

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    I miss the grown ups.

  6. P. Aaron says:

    The current crop of kids running things in Washington D.C. remind me of the melee scenes from Gimmie Shelter.

  7. canary says:

    Obama commits evil and torture daily. He will be judged by the same measure and should worry about his own soul.

    • canary says:

      Here is a description of worthless and wicked people: They are constant liars, signaling their true intentions to their friends by making signs with their eyes and feet and fingers. Their perverted hearts plot evil. They stir up trouble constantly. But they will be destroyed suddenly, broken beyond all hope of healing.
      There are six things the Lord hates – no, seven things he detests:
      haughty eyes
      a lying tongue
      hands that kill the innocent
      a heart that plots evil,
      feet that race to do wrong,
      a false witness who pours out lies,
      a person who sows discord among brothers.
      From the book of Proverbs in the Bible

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