Monday, December 03, 2007

Plamegate continues

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's conviction for perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with the leak of former C.I.A. operative Valerie Plame Wilson's identity through the media and subsequent commutation of his 30 month sentence to time-served (about ten minutes) did not close the door on a congressional investigation into the Bush administration's role in the affair. Special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald had been cooperating with House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman's request for White House documents related to the matter until the president's lawyers intervened to halt the flow of paper.

Former Bush press secretary Scott McClellan disclosed in his recent memoir that five high-ranking members of the Bush administration -- Bush, Cheney, Libby, political adviser Karl Rove and White House chief of staff Andrew Card were involved in leaking Plame's identity through the press, or, more accurately, the odious conservative columnist Robert Novak's column.

Haven't heard much about this lately, have you? I guess with everything hunky-dory in Iraq now the nation can turn its attention to more important things . . . like the television writers strike, Britney Spears's parenting problems and Mike Huckabee's inspirational "faith-based" political campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Go to Dan Froomkin's Washington Post on-line column, "White House Watch," for more details.

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