Last week, it was revealed that Scooter Libby told a federal grand jury that his “superiors,” including Vice President Cheney, had authorized him in the summer of 2003 to leak classified information to help defend the administration’s Iraq policy.
Sens. George Allen (R-VA) and Jack Reed (D-RI) were asked about the revelations today on Fox News Sunday. Both Reed and Allen (a top presidential hopeful among conservative activists) said the Cheney leak needs to be investigated:
REED: I think it’s inappropriate, I think it’s wrong, and I think that this calls into question in terms of [Fitzgerald’s] investigation of the conduct of the Vice President and others, perhaps. And I think he has to look closely at their behavior. And again, it just seems to me —
WALLACE: You’re saying he should be investigating the Vice President?
REED: Whoever the superiors are that are supposedly allegedly leaked or authorized a leak by the individual in question, Mr. Libby, I think the investigation has to go forward.
WALLACE: Senator Allen?
ALLEN: The prosecutor here, Mr. Fitzgerald, seems to me to be a very articulate, professional prosecutor, and I think the facts will lead wherever they lead, and I think he will prosecute as appropriate. … I don’t think anybody should be releasing classified information, period, whether in the Congress, Executive Branch or some underling in some bureaucracy.
For more on why Cheney need to be investigated, read CIA director Porter Goss’ editorial, Loose Lips Sink Spies.