THE PLANK JUNE 22, 2009
From an AP story on a FOIA request for records related to Dick Cheney's interview with FBI during the Valerie Plame leak investigation:
Justice Department lawyers told the judge that future presidents and
vice presidents may not cooperate with criminal investigations if they
know what they say could become available to their political opponents
and late-night comics who would ridicule them.
"If we become a
fact-finder for political enemies, they aren't going to cooperate,"
Justice Department attorney Jeffrey Smith said during a 90-minute
hearing. "I don't want a future vice president to say, `I'm not going
to cooperate with you because I don't want to be fodder for 'The Daily
Ah, for the days when we kept things secret so that they wouldn't be used against us by foreign adversaries...
(via Jason Linkins)