Will Officials Take the Fifth Unless the Daily Show Is Muzzled?

Do they still teach the First Amendment in law school? That’s what you have to wonder when you see a lawyer for the Obama administration’s Justice Department arguing that statements made by former Vice President Dick Cheney in the Scooter Libby probe ought to be kept secret because a future vice president might refuse to speak to a future investigation out of concern “that it’s going to get on the Daily Show” (Washington Post, 6/19/09). Really? That’s how we’re going to ensure that officials cooperate with criminal investigations, by using government secrecy to guarantee that their statements will never be […]