FBI: No Files on Tim Russert
(Despite CIA Agent Outing?)
Seems mighty odd to me that the FBI, despite Russert's role in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame, says there are no files on him in the agency's archive. An article in the LA Times after Russert passed away neatly sums up the newsman cooperation with the FBI:
As it emerged under examination, however, Russert already had sung like a choirboy to the FBI concerning his conversation with Libby -- and had so voluntarily from the first moment the Feds contacted him.
Maybe the FBI searchers didn't look deep enough for records on Russert, or perhaps it takes a high-powered advocacy nonprofit based in DC, not just a lowly blogger's FOIA request, to pry loose some internal documents on Russert, which I think must exist.
How is it possible that the agency investigates and interviews Russert, but there's no paper trail? The rejection letter from the FBI doesn't pass the smell test.