Fitzgerald: I won't opine on who's really responsible

The special counsel declines an invitation to describe his views to Congress.

Published March 15, 2007 1:43PM (EDT)

No surprise here: Amid a Washington scandal involving allegations that leading Republicans leaned on supposedly impartial federal prosecutors, Patrick Fitzgerald says that he won't be sitting down with members of Congress to share his views about the Valerie Plame case. "I do not believe it would be appropriate for me to offer opinions, as your letter suggests the committee may seek, about the ultimate responsibility of senior White House officials for the disclosure of Ms. Wilson's identity," Fitzgerald writes in a letter to Rep. Henry Waxman, who had invited him for a meeting -- and maybe more -- about the case.

By Tim Grieve

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

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