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Cheney remarks in leak probe released

Former Vice President Dick Cheney told a special prosecutor in 2004 that he could not remember playing any role in leaking the identity of Valerie Plame as a clandestine CIA officer, according to FBI records released under court order (PDF) today. After years of legal maneuvering to keep the documents...

By Liz Heron | October 30, 2009; 04:58 PM ET | Comments (37)

Latest Documents Released by DOJ

OLC Letter to John Rizzo (PDF) (July 13, 2002) OLC Memo for Michael Chertoff on Patriot Act (PDF) (Aug. 6, 2002) OLC Memo on Use of Military Force in Iraq (PDF) (Oct. 21, 2002) OLC Memo to Inspector General on FBI Bulletins (PDF) (April 5, 2004) OLC Letter to Scott...

By | August 25, 2009; 05:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Is Vagueness a Crime? And Other Reactions to CIA Reports

Here are a few reactions from the blogosphere to the CIA interrogation documents and Obama administration's actions.

By Liz Heron | August 25, 2009; 01:27 PM ET | Comments (14)

Dig Through Interrogation Reports

Updated 8/25, 7:30 a.m. Annotate the Documents: On Monday, the Department of Justice released additional portions of a long-classified CIA inspector general's report on the agency's interrogation program, along with two other documents that former Vice President Dick Cheney claims will prove the CIA's harsh interrogation tactics worked. In the...

By Liz Heron | August 24, 2009; 03:08 PM ET | Comments (28)

Blago Campaign 'Hit List' Targeted Burris, Other Senate Candidates

Fundraisers for Rod Blagojevich set their sights on four candidates for Barack Obama's then-vacant senate seat in the months before the ousted Illinois governor's arrest, according to an internal campaign document published Saturday by the Chicago Sun-Times.

By Amanda Zamora | March 30, 2009; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Stanford Claimed: 'Assets Are There'

Federal authorities now say R. Allen Stanford, the Houston billionaire implicated in an $9.2 billion investment scheme, borrowed some $1.6 billion from his family company's assets, according to court documents made public today.

By Derek Kravitz | February 27, 2009; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

CIA Officer Was A 'Con Man,' Prosecutors Say

Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, who as executive director was the No. 3 officer at the agency, pleaded guilty in September federal court to one count of wire fraud stemming from sweetheart contracting deals he awarded to a friend and a high-level CIA job he got for his mistress.

By Derek Kravitz | February 25, 2009; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (15)

The Details: How Treasury Overpaid the Banks

When all the dollars and cents are figured out, the Bush administration overpaid for bailed-out banks to get out of trouble, an analysis by the Congress' watchdog found.

By Derek Kravitz | February 6, 2009; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Car Service That Undid Daschle

What ultimately led to Daschle's undoing was the South Dakota lawmaker's dealings with Englewood, Colo.-based InterMedia Partners and its side group, InterMedia Advisors LLP of New York.

By Derek Kravitz | February 3, 2009; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ex-Interior Official Admits Kickback Scheme

A former Interior Department official charged with accepting kickbacks from business leaders in exchange for arranging meetings with government officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands pleaded guilty today.

By Derek Kravitz | January 30, 2009; 04:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Unsanitary Conditions Found in Peanut Plant

Inspection reports of a Georgia peanut processing plant at the center of a massive, nationwide salmonella outbreak show the company operated in unsanitary conditions and knowingly shipped products contaminated with strains of salmonella.

By Derek Kravitz | January 29, 2009; 01:47 PM ET | Comments (5)

GAO Pegs Top Government Challenges of '09

A Government Accountability Office report on 2009's "high-risk" areas in government. The bi-annual report card noted 30 issues, including three new concerns: the nation's financial regulatory system, including the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program; the oversight of medical products by the Food and Drug Administration; and the Environmental Protection Agency's assessment and control of toxic chemicals.

By Derek Kravitz | January 22, 2009; 02:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Geithner Offered Early Notice on Tax Troubles

Tax problems have plagued presidential cabinet picks before. But revelations that Timothy Geithner, President-elect Barack Obama's pick to run the Treasury Department, failed to pay parts of his income taxes has not drawn much ire of lawmakers and a public in the midst of an economic downturn.

By Derek Kravitz | January 15, 2009; 03:04 PM ET | Comments (3)

Panel Releases Scathing Report on Federal Bailout

An oversight panel charged with monitoring the federal government's $700 billion bailout program released a scathing report today, accusing the Treasury Department of failing to live up to taxpayer concerns about disclosure and fixing the foreclosure crisis.

By Derek Kravitz | January 9, 2009; 02:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

GAO Report on Bailout Cites Oversight, Transition Concerns

The GAO issued their first official report today on the Treasury Department's $700 billion bailout plan, offering nine actions the Treasury should take to address "a number of critical issues." This was the first of the GAO's reports on TARP to be given every 60 days, as mandated by the...

By Chris Matthews | December 10, 2008; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Report: Soldiers Needed Tougher Humvees

Pentagon officials are ordering up thousands of tougher, off-road terrain vehicles to protect troops against rocket-propelled granades and other devices on the heels of a scathing inspector general's report (PDF) that blamed the government for not getting the humvees quicker.

By Derek Kravitz | December 9, 2008; 06:21 PM ET | Comments (3)

Report: Bailout Plan Needs Work

The federal government's much-ballyhooed $700 billion program to rescue Wall Street's banks and financial institutions has some loopholes, The Post and the Government Accountability Office reported yesterday.

By Derek Kravitz | December 3, 2008; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (2)

Who Killed Marilyn Monroe?

In the summer of 1973, a gossip columnist dialed up the former head of the FBI's Los Angeles office and broke some bad news. Norman Mailer was finishing a book alleging that the FBI had seized phone records showing that Marilyn Monroe called the White House shortly before she died from an overdose in 1962. In fact, the FBI soon heard, the book might imply the Bureau had something to do with the movie star's death.

By The Editors | November 25, 2008; 02:06 PM ET | Comments (3)

Figure in Abramoff Probe Pleads Guilty

Another Capitol Hill figure has pleaded guilty for being involved in the Jack Abramoff public corruption probe, the 15th person to plead guilty or await trail.

By Derek Kravitz | November 20, 2008; 02:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Mark Cuban Accused of Insider Trading

Mark Cuban, the eccentric Dallas Mavericks owner and self-made Internet billionaire, was charged today with insider trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission, a sobering pill for the take-no-prisoners entrepreneur.

By Derek Kravitz | November 17, 2008; 05:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Third Oil Royalty Office Official Indicted

A former top administrator with the beleaguered government agency that collects oil and natural gas royalties was indicted yesterday on charges he accepted improper gifts from a contractor and lied about it to his supervisors.

By Derek Kravitz | October 29, 2008; 06:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Report Criticizes Spending at Smithsonian

W. Richard West Jr., the founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, submitted $17,621 in expenses without providing any explanation or evidence to justify the spending, according to a report released Wednesday.

By The Editors | October 29, 2008; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Twitter as a Terrorist's Tool?

The social networking Web site Twitter could be used by terrorists to communicate as they execute a potentially catastrophic attack, according to a military intelligence report obtained by the Federation of American Scientists.

By Derek Kravitz | October 29, 2008; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (1)

Renzi Claims Agents Tapped GOP Calls

Attorneys for Rep. Rick Renzi, the Arizona Republican on trial for money laundering and corruption charges, say that federal agents bugged Renzi's phone lines, improperly picking up calls between GOP congressional leaders after the 2006 mid-term elections.

By Derek Kravitz | October 17, 2008; 01:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

Stevens Might Testify In His Own Defense

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, the 84-year-old Republican lawmaker on trial for improperly accepting and concealing hundreds of thousands of gifts from a wealthy friend, might take the stand in his own defense, according to documents filed in connection with his three-week-old trial.

By Derek Kravitz | October 14, 2008; 03:28 PM ET | Comments (3)

After Afghan Probe, Military Vows Changes

The ever-fluctuating death toll from an August attack by U.S. forces on a suspected insurgent stronghold in Afghanistan has been raised yet again -- from possibly five to seven dead civilians to 33, including at least 12 children, U.S. Central Command said yesterday.

By Derek Kravitz | October 9, 2008; 02:55 PM ET | Comments (4)

The Quiet Downfall of a Billion-Dollar CEO

The remarkable and sudden downfall of Minnesota businessman Tom Petters has largely played out away from the national spotlight as the Wall Street financial meltdown slogs on.

By Derek Kravitz | October 9, 2008; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (4)

Grand Jury Indicts Alleged Palin Hacker

A federal grand jury in Tennessee has indicted David Kernell, the son of a Democratic state lawmaker, whose apartment was recently raided as part of an FBI investigation into the hacking of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's private Yahoo e-mail account.

By The Editors | October 8, 2008; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (44)

AIG Executive Retreat Irks Lawmakers

A few days after the federal government unveiled an $85 billion bailout package for the insurance company AIG, the firm's executives went on a week-long retreat at the St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif. The tab: $440,000.

By Derek Kravitz | October 7, 2008; 04:26 PM ET | Comments (71)

Jury in Stevens Case Hears Tapes

Jurors in the corruption trial of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens began listening to secretly-recorded phone calls today between Stevens and the government's lead witness, as defense attorneys tried once again to get the Justice Department's case against the lawmaker thrown out.

By Derek Kravitz | October 6, 2008; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

Judge Says Trial Against Stevens Will Continue

A federal judge is deciding whether he should throw out corruption charges against Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens after the Republican lawmaker's attorneys accused government prosecutors of hiding FBI reports favorable to Stevens.

By Derek Kravitz | October 2, 2008; 04:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ex-CIA Official Pleads Guilty in Corruption Case

The story of the CIA officer, his mistress and his wealthy businessman friend appears to have come to an end, with the intelligence agency's former executive director likely facing about two years behind bars.

By Derek Kravitz | September 30, 2008; 07:13 AM ET | Comments (42)

Probe: Politics Behind U.S. Attorney Firings

The long-awaited report into the Department of Justice's controversial firings of nine U.S. attorneys paints a picture of several White House staffers deliberately plotting to oust attorneys viewed as politically uncooperative.

By Derek Kravitz | September 29, 2008; 01:16 PM ET | Comments (26)

Are Nuke Labs 'Vulnerable' to Spies?

The former chief of security for the Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Weapons Laboratory in California said staffing and intelligence problems at the facility could potentially have "catastrophic consequences," according to a letter released today before a congressional hearing on security breaches at the Department of Energy.

By Derek Kravitz | September 25, 2008; 05:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Air Force Colonel Describes New Claims of Iraqi Torture

In September 2003, Air Force Col. Steven M. Kleinman watched as two colleagues stripped an Iraqi prisoner naked, shackled him and forced him to stand, without moving, in a six-foot cement cell for 12 hours.

By Derek Kravitz | September 25, 2008; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ivins: 'I Know Who Mailed The Anthrax!'

Bruce E. Ivins, the Army scientist named as the sole culprit behind the 2001 anthrax-by-mail attacks that killed five and sickened 19, apparently was barred from all government labs in March after spilling anthrax on himself and going home to wash his clothes before telling his bosses.

By Derek Kravitz | September 24, 2008; 05:01 PM ET | Comments (8)

Congress: $15 Billion in Failed DHS Contracts

$15 billion in contracts given out by the Department of Homeland Security have been plagued by cost overruns, delays or cancellations, according to data gathered by the House Committee on Homeland Security.

By The Editors | September 17, 2008; 05:01 PM ET | Comments (7)

Report: U.S. Oil Program Rife with Conflicts, Favoritism, 'Promiscuity'

Government officials in charge of a program that collects royalties from firms drilling on federal land attended raucous parties with oil and gas executives, accepted lavish gifts including ski trips, sports tickets and golf outings and steered contracts to favored companies, according to a two-year Interior Department investigation released today.

By The Editors | September 10, 2008; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (142)

Letters Paint Picture Of 'Humble' Abramoff

After more than two years at a federal prison facility in Cumberland, Md., Jack Abramoff is humble, remorseful and in the midst of the Jewish spiritual process known as "tshuvah" to apologize for his sins, according to 95 letters prepared by friends, family members and religious leaders in support of a reduction in his sentence of nearly six years.

By Derek Kravitz | August 28, 2008; 07:19 PM ET | Comments (30)


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