A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Senate Judiciary chairman urges Bush, Cheney to explain leaks

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website] Sunday urged President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to go public about their roles in disclosure of classified information in the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive]. Specter was interviewed on Fox News Sunday in the wake of a government court filing [JURIST document] last week that disclosed grand jury testimony from former Cheney Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile] that claimed he had been authorized by Bush, via Cheney, to disclose classified information [JURIST report]. In the interview Specter said, "I think it is necessary for the president and vice president to tell the American people exactly what happened." AP meanwhile reports a lawyer "knowledgeable about the case" as saying that although Bush had authorized declassifying a range of intelligence documents for public disclosure, he did not personally direct that Libby leak the material.

Libby faces obstruction of justice and perjury charges [PDF indictment] in connection with an ongoing investigation into the leak of information concerning the CIA identity of Valerie Plame, the wife of former US Ambassador Joseph Wilson, a sharp critic of the administration's Iraq policy. AP has more.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.