Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Ashcroft Recuses Himself From Probe of C.I.A. LeakSo let's see...the White House had, what, a 24-hour "grace period" or something, after the investigation was formally launched, before they had to hand over their logs to Justice.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General John Ashcroft will recuse himself from an investigation into who leaked the name of a CIA operative, Justice Department sources said Tuesday.
The investigation will be headed by the U.S. attorney in Chicago, Patrick Fitzgerald, who will report to Ashcroft's new deputy, James Comey, the officials said.
It was not immediately clear why Ashcroft made the decision.
Now the Attorney General takes, what, a months-long "grace period" before recusing himself from the investigation? Why am I not sanguine about this development?