If you get MSNBC, turn it on now. At the top of his show, Chris Matthews said that he just learned that — against the advice of their staffers and counsel — both Vice President Dick Cheney and his top aide Scooter Libby withheld critical documents from the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2004, as the committee was investigating pre-war intelligence.


I haven’t stopped to see if there are corroborating print stories, but would appreciate your help in finding out. At the moment, they’re airing a report about the Miers withdrawal. Matthews’ blockbuster lead surely comes after this.


Update [2005-10-27 17:17:58 by susanhu]: Thank you for the link, Maynard! From the National Journal:

Cheney, Libby Blocked Papers To Senate Intelligence Panel


By Murray Waas, special to National Journal

Ā© National Journal Group Inc.

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005


Vice President Cheney and his chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, overruling advice from some White House political staffers and lawyers, decided to withhold crucial documents from the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2004 when the panel was investigating the use of pre-war intelligence that erroneously concluded Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, according to Bush administration and congressional sources. …

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