Biden Mum On State Secrets Bill He Once Supported

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April 14, 2009 10:15 a.m.

Et tu, Joe?

Last year, while trying to win the Democratic nomination for president, Joe Biden co-sponsored a bill to restrict the use of the “state secrets privilege” by the Department of Justice. But today, asked by the Huffington Post for Biden’s current stance on the legislation, a spokesman for the vice president replied: “No comment on this from here.” That “no comment” follows a similar tight-lipped stance from the White House itself.The bill was reintroduced in February by Senators Leahy, Feingold, Kennedy, and Specter, in response to the Obama administration’s use of the privilege in a wiretapping case. Earlier this month, the Justice Department asserted the privilege in a second wiretapping case, provoking outrage among progressives, and prompting Feingold to again express his concern over the issue.

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