Senator: Cheney delayed Iraq intel probe

Jay Rockefeller says the vice president applied "just constant" pressure on the former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Published January 26, 2007 1:55PM (EST)

Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Jay Rockefeller says Dick Cheney applied "just constant" pressure on former chairman Pat Roberts to delay an investigation into the Bush administration's use or misuse of prewar intelligence on Iraq. In an interview with McClatchy Newspapers, Rockefeller says that it's "not hearsay" that the vice president worked hard to keep the committee from finishing its investigation, and that Republican senators on the committee "just had to go along with the administration."

The response from Cheney's office: "The vice president believes Senator Roberts was a good chairman of the Intelligence Committee." The response from Roberts' office: The delays were all the Democrats' fault.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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