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Senate Dems Pressure DOJ on CIA Leak Probe
Talon News ^ | December 30, 2003 | Jeff Gannon

Posted on 12/30/2003 10:20:05 AM PST by Jeff Gannon

WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- Last week Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned the commitment of the administration and the Justice Department to pursue the investigation into the alleged leak of a CIA officer's identity earlier in the year.

In a letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft, the pair asked that he provide "an overall status of the investigation, including the number of people the Justice Department has interviewed, the number of briefings you have received, the general types of information you are briefed on, what conditions you have placed on the scope of these briefings to ensure the independence of this investigation, and whether you have discussed this case with senior Administration officials outside the Justice Department."

Daschle and Levin chastised their former Senate colleague for his "continued refusal to name a special counsel, despite the possible involvement of senior Administration officials, and the appearance of a conflict of interest."

Additionally, they suggested that absence of a special counsel necessitated that "the Congress and the American people be assured that this case is being thoroughly pursued free of partisan influence and you are personally committed to achieving a prompt, successful conclusion."

FBI investigators are continuing to sift through thousands of documents provided by White House staffers and are interviewing administration officials to determine how columnist Robert Novak learned of Valerie Plame's identity. Novak has repeatedly denied that her name was passed with him to expose a covert operative.

Meanwhile, investigations into several leaks in the Senate have sputtered. The writer of a memo prepared for Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) of the Senate Intelligence Committee that outlined a Democrat plan to use classified information gathered by the committee against President Bush in the 2004 election has yet to be identified.

Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) has halted all committee activity until the memo's author comes forward and Democrats disavow the plan and issue an apology.

Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA) blasted those responsible for the memo, saying, "If what has happened here is not treason, it is its first cousin. The ones responsible -- be they staff or elected or both -- should be dealt with quickly and severely sending a lesson to all that this kind of action will not be tolerated, ignored or excused."

A series of memos from the Judiciary Committee revealed Democrat strategy for defeating judicial nominees. In one of the documents, a staffer indicates that Elaine Jones of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund asked Democrats on the committee to postpone hearings on judges for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals until a decision was rendered in the University of Michigan affirmative action case.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution noted that the memorandum expressed concern about the propriety of scheduling hearings based on the resolution of a particular case.

"The memo writer appears to have understood that such tactics were highly improper but chose to proceed with those plans anyway," Cornyn said.

A spokesman for the Senate Ethics Committee would neither confirm nor deny that investigations into the memo leaks have been initiated. He pointed out that the Committee's activities are generally conducted in secret.

Copyright © 2003 Talon News -- All rights reserved.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004memo; cia; daschle; doj; jayrockefeller; leak; memo; senate

1 posted on 12/30/2003 10:20:06 AM PST by Jeff Gannon
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To: Jeff Gannon
Last week Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI),...

Pathetic twits.

2 posted on 12/30/2003 10:22:10 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Jeff Gannon
DOJ should look at the leak, provided they also look at Rockfeller's memogate leak.
3 posted on 12/30/2003 10:22:23 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Jeff Gannon
The Demos are on the offense while our Senatorial Pubbies sit on their hands over the Senate Intelligence Committee Demos using intelligence for political chicanery.

Now if we crank up an investigation of this treason, we'll look like we're trying to muddy the waters over the CIA agent leak.

Can't win without an offense....Republicans never seem to learn that lesson vis via the Demos.

4 posted on 12/30/2003 10:25:44 AM PST by HardStarboard (Dump Wesley Clark.....he worries me as much as Hillary!)
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To: Jeff Gannon
The identity of the leaker in the Plame Blame Game was:

Time Magazine and Robert Novak.

Both knew what they were doing, but as Democratic operatives, they feign "plausible denial".

BTW, has Plame and her husband done the Playboy spread yet that he has been bragging about?

5 posted on 12/30/2003 10:26:19 AM PST by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us)
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To: Jeff Gannon
Another "briar patch" moment.

Every time the Administration accedes to the Senate Democrats, the Dems are left looking like weak kadiddlehoppers and fools!

This time will be no different.

6 posted on 12/30/2003 10:26:33 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (I don't believe anything a Democrat says. Bill Clinton set the standard!)
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To: Diogenesis
Novak said three people, two in the "Administration" and one in the CIA told him, or confirmed.

He made it sound off hand, and that's plausible IMO. The CIA fellow told him not to use the name, but Novak did anyway, saying the CIA fellow should have more strongly warned him against disclosure.

The excuse was so lame it could only (probably) be true.

As for Ashcroft, maybe he was the first "leaker" that had the long lunch with Novak?
7 posted on 12/30/2003 10:31:00 AM PST by Shermy (RIP Buddy)
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To: facedown
My thought too...This is pathetic. This story had no legs when it broke (other than to allow the media to throw up a lot of dust over a couple of news cycles, but basically the people don't care). Is this the best the Dems can do?
8 posted on 12/30/2003 10:36:11 AM PST by My2Cents ("Well....there you go again...")
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To: Jeff Gannon
Has it ever been established that Valeria Plame was a CIA "operative," or simply a mid-level analyst whose identity is of no consequence?
9 posted on 12/30/2003 10:38:34 AM PST by My2Cents ("Well....there you go again...")
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To: My2Cents
Is this the best the Dems can do?

It's about all they can do. Witness Dean and his "interesting theory" nonsense and McDermott's "Saddam's capture was timed".

They're melting down.

10 posted on 12/30/2003 10:39:53 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: My2Cents
It appears to be established she was a field case officer assigned to the directorate of operations, for nearly 20 years, as opposed to analyst, although she rotated into an analyst position, it appears, at some time in her career.
11 posted on 12/30/2003 10:40:48 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; still, we only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: Jeff Gannon
Silly, yes. But, with the vast majority of left wing media on their side, this story will never go away. The ABCCBSNBCCNN twits will carry nothing else for weeks.

You know the dems don't care about the CIA agent, they just want a name so that they can demand that the leaker (if there was one) resign. They are fishing for someone as high up in the administration as possible. They aren't interested in anything a special invesitgator may find, their tactics/campaign are already carved in stone.

The dems are lying SOBs and have already indentified who the want to get. They will lie and plant stories and protest the process/findings of an investigative team and the left wing media will report what it is told to report.

12 posted on 12/30/2003 10:46:54 AM PST by Tacis
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To: My2Cents
"Has it ever been established that Valeria Plame was a CIA "operative," or simply a mid-level analyst whose identity is of no consequence?"

I've heard conflicting reports, but the consensus seems to be that she's a mid-level "analyst" working in DC, not an "operative" in the sense of being a covert agent. So the repeated suggestions that her life was endangered seem, in my opinion, to be absolute BS.
13 posted on 12/30/2003 10:59:43 AM PST by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: Steve_Seattle
A consensus does not the truth make. Would the Justice Department be continuing an investigation of something that is not a crime?
14 posted on 12/30/2003 11:09:21 AM PST by petitfour
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To: My2Cents
"Has it ever been established that Valeria Plame was a CIA "operative," or simply a mid-level analyst whose identity is of no consequence?"

If she was a mid-level analyst this investigation would have ended a long time ago. Think about it, wouldn't that be one of the first issues addressed by any half-wit investigator? Mid-level, not operative, end of story.
17 posted on 12/30/2003 12:45:31 PM PST by familyofman
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To: Steve_Seattle
"...but the consensus seems to be that she's a mid-level "analyst" working in DC, not an "operative" in the sense of being a covert agent."

Bull feathers - the consensus seems to be just the opposite!!!!
18 posted on 12/30/2003 12:48:30 PM PST by familyofman
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To: familyofman
"Bull feathers - the consensus seems to be just the opposite!!!!"

Valerie Plame's CIA affiliation was known to many Washington insiders before this story broke. Her and her husband allowed themselves to be photographed for "Vanity Fair," hardly suggestive of her being a covert operative. Next thing you'll be telling me Anita Hill was a Reagan Republican.
19 posted on 12/30/2003 1:38:15 PM PST by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: petitfour
"Would the Justice Department be continuing an investigation of something that is not a crime?"

As a matter of fact, yes. One of the purposes of the investigation is to determine if a crime has been committed. That is still an open question.
20 posted on 12/30/2003 1:41:50 PM PST by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: Steve_Seattle
Highly unlikely. But we shall see.
21 posted on 12/30/2003 2:01:31 PM PST by petitfour
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To: Diogenesis
BTW, has Plame and her husband done the Playboy spread yet that he has been bragging about?

What??? Where's the article on this? LOLOL

22 posted on 12/30/2003 7:19:12 PM PST by Bella
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