Senators Patrick Leahy, Ted Kennedy and Dick Durbin just sent a letter to Attorney General Gonzales with some important questions about Ahmed Chalabi’s visit to Washington D.C. The Senators appear concerned that Chalabi’s visit could compromise the FBI investigation into allegations that Chalabi passed classified information to Iran:
1. In light of the ongoing FBI investigation, were you notified by the White House of Mr. Chalabi’s visit? Before his schedule was finalized, did you have an opportunity to advise the White House about whether it was appropriate for Mr. Chalabi to meet with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Treasury Secretary John Snow, and possibly with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and Vice President Richard Cheney?
2. What steps, if any, have been taken to ensure that Mr. Chalabi’s meetings with senior administration officials do not compromise or prejudice the ongoing FBI investigation into allegations that Mr. Chalabi passed classified national security information to Iran?
3. Will the FBI interview Mr. Chalabi during his visit to the United States? If not, why not?
4. What is the current status of the FBI’s investigation into Mr. Chalabi’s conduct?
You can read the full text of the letter here.