Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Monday that someone at the White House was responsible for the recent leaks of classified information.
“I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” Feinstein said in an address at the World Affairs Council, The Associated Press first reported.
Feinstein said she was certain that President Obama had not disclosed any of the classified intelligence, but believed others in the administration were responsible.
So, why not have a special counsel investigate the matter, the same way that Patrick Fitzgerald investigated the Valerie Plame affair? The appointment of a special counsel can be authorized pursuant to 28 C.F.R. Part 600, which empowered Fitzgerald in his investigation. Why should this disclosure of national security secrets be treated any differently than the disclosure of Plame’s identity?
I mean, sure, the White House doesn’t want a special counsel to investigate this matter in an election season. But that doesn’t qualify as an excuse, does it? And you know what? Mitt Romney would do well to lead the call for the appointment of a special counsel, and cite the Plame affair as precedent for naming one as soon as possible.