In the book about his term as Treasury chief, O’Neill, who left the job in December 2002 in a shake-up of President Bush’s economic team, criticized White House policies and provided author Ron Suskind with thousands of administration documents.
O’Neill said the Bush administration had been looking for a justification to oust President Saddam Hussein since early 2001, long before the Sept. 11 attacks that year.
Nichols did not specify the topic of the specific document that led to the decision to ask the Inspector General’s office to look into it.
“It’s based on the (CBS program) ’60 Minutes’ segment, and I’ll be even more clear — the document as shown on ’60 Minutes’ that said ‘secret,”‘ Treasury spokesman Rob Nichols told reporters at a weekly briefing.
Nichols said the probe will focus on how possibly classified information appeared on a television interview as one of O’Neill’s papers.
According to a summary of the segment on CBS’s web site, Suskind said one of the briefing materials O’Neill had included a paper marked “secret” that was titled “Plan for post-Saddam Iraq.”