Obstruction of Justice Decision Involved White House and Justice Department
This information also emerged: the decision to engage in obstruction of justice by destroying videotapes of CIA water torture was the product not only of internal deliberation at the Central Intelligence Agency, but also included discussions at the White House and Department of Justice. That makes the obstruction of justice a Bush administration problem.
Yet, even faced with Justice Department involvement in the matter the head of the Justice Department, Attorney General Michael Mukasey, refused to promptly appoint a special prosecutor. Said Mukasey:
“I think the Justice Department is capable of doing whatever it appears needs to be done. The question of a special prosecutor is the most hypothetical of hypotheticals.”
Instead, the investigation of the CIA and Justice Department by the CIA and Justice Department will continue for now. Only in the current bizarro administration would that be considered ethically appropriate.