Bush Lawyers Talked to CIA About Tapes

Gonzales, Miers met intelligence officials before their destruction
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2007 8:24 AM CST
CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, following a closed-door meeting with the House Intelligence Committee on the issue of destroyed...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Alberto Gonzales and at least three other White House lawyers were involved in discussions with the CIA before the agency destroyed interrogation videotapes in 2005, the New York Times reports. Gonzales, Harriet Miers, David Addington, and John Bellinger all met with CIA officials, the Times says, based on interviews with current and former officials involved with the discussions. At least one source claims that some of them argued strongly in favor of destroying the tapes.

The White House has thus far only admitted that Miers took part in discussions, but today's revelations indicate that the scale of the Bush administration's involvement in the tapes fiasco has been underestimated. Nobody in the White House, the vice president's office, or the CIA would comment.