Mukasey denies CIA tape details to Congress.

Attorney General Michael Mukasey “sharply rebuffed congressional demands for details about the Justice Department’s inquiry” into the destroyed CIA videotapes today. In letters to a few key senators, Mukasey said complying with congressional demands for information would make it appear as though the department was “subject to political influence.” Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said he was “disappointed” by Mukasey’s decision because “oversight fosters accountability.” Leahy said he plans to address the matter in an oversight hearing “early next year.”