WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush is asserting executive
privilege in the Valerie Plame case.
He's trying to keep Attorney General Michael Mukasey from having
to comply with a House panel's subpoena. The panel wants material
on the leak of Plame's identity as a CIA operative.
The claim was requested by Mukasey. The White House says Bush
invoked the privilege yesterday.
Meanwhile, a House committee chairman is holding off, for now,
on a contempt citation against Mukasey. But Henry Waxman says he's
only doing so as a courtesy to lawmakers who weren't present.
The documents being sought by Waxman include FBI interviews of
Vice President Cheney.
Waxman asks, "If the vice president did nothing wrong, what is
there to hide?"
The documents also include notes about the 2003 State of the
Union address, during which President Bush made the case for
invading Iraq by saying Saddam Hussein was pursuing uranium ore to
make a nuclear weapon. The information turned out to be wrong.