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In Cheney Interview Case, DOJ Argues White House Officials Won't Cooperate with Law Enforcement Investigations
According to Mr. Breuer, it is “not uncommon” for prosecutors to inform witnesses the government will try to keep the information they provide confidential. But Mr. Breuer ignores the fact that here Mr. Cheney was never promised confidentiality, as Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald confirmed in a letter to Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), then Chairman of the House Oversight Committee. Mr. Breuer also argues if Mr. Cheney’s interview is made public, future high-level White House officials will be unwilling or at least “reluctant” to cooperate in criminal investigations. He suggests such officials will testify only if subpoenaed, possibly “thwart[ing] investigations.” Yet DOJ has subpoenaed White House officials in the past without such repercussions.
Melanie Sloan, CREW’s executive director, said, “It is astonishing that a top Department of Justice political appointee is suggesting other high-level appointees are unlikely to cooperate with legitimate law enforcement investigations. What is wrong with this picture?”
Read Mr. Breuer's declaration in the related Documents Section on the right.