CIA scrambles to ‘lawyer up.’

Newsweek reports that the Justice Department’s decision to launch an investigation into the destruction of CIA tapes “has sent several alarmed agency employees scrambling to find lawyers.” CIA veterans “fear the move is tantamount to unleashing an independent counsel on Langley“:

“A lot of people are worried,” says one former CIA official, who asked not to be identified talking about sensitive matters. “Whenever you have the bureau running around the building, it’s going to turn up some heads. This could turn into a witch hunt.”

Legal expenses for each employee could reach “hundreds of thousands” of dollars and will not be paid for by the CIA. (via War and Piece)

UDPATE: As the DoJ aggressively pursues the CIA, will they also go after Cheney?