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McCULLOUGH: What's in a Plame?
The Illinois Leader ^ | 1/5/03 | Kevin McCullough

Posted on 01/06/2004 7:09:40 AM PST by Gothmog

OPINION -- Having failed so miserably in their effort to find an area of weakness, the opponents of President George W. Bush have returned to a not-so-distant, but strangely out of tune theme. Somehow, if they can just convince America that the current administration is a corrupt one, then "ha-ha" -- that will be the way to sweep a new administration into office.

It was happening on New Year's Eve.

Appearing on Fox and Friends early Wednesday, New York Senator Charles Schumer could not pass up the chance to take a dig at Attorney General John Ashcroft over the CIA leak investigation spurred by the Robert Novak column from months ago.

"He should have recused himself [from the investigation of Valerie Plame's case] a long time ago," said the Senator.

The senior senator from New York then went on to espouse all the "harm" that has been done to the system of justice because the Attorney General had not done so to date.

So be it. The Senator gets a little cheap air-time, makes unfounded claims about the Attorney General, and goes off to get smashed in Times Square. It's his right.

It's also important to note that Valerie Plame, the woman who has been so ruthlessly "outed" by "sources" within the D.C. community was so injured by it that she resorted to discussing publicly who should portray her when the story finally goes to the gods of made-for-TV movies.

(This was followed up, of course, by a statement for the press from her husband so that the world could then know that she, in fact, had indeed had the before-mentioned discussion.)

In fact so injured, was she, by the fact that her name had appeared in a column written several months ago by a single columnist, she demanded that the whole world be made fully aware of her name - even though the vast majority of people in the United States can't even tell you who Robert Novak was, much less Valerie Plame.

This same Valerie turned out to be quite some politico though. She had wiggled enough authorization from someone in D.C. at some point to be able to get her generally affable but unemployed husband a job going to Africa to drink mint juleps with some of their public policy types.

Something about uranium, I don't know...oh, another mint julep, lovely!

Then there is the ultimate proof of how much her name being now known (though not known well) was now endangering her very life. For if you still had no idea just who this terribly offended, even horrified woman was, running for her very life, reputation, and a deal from CBS television networks, then she decided to give the ultimate proof:

I mean nothing truly says "I'm in extreme danger of having my identity known" like putting your mug in Vanity Fair magazine with worldwide distribution.

But I digress . . . back to the investigation into this offensive leak. . .

Attorney General John Ashcroft did look at the evidence. In his estimation, it does not merit the involvement of his attention personally but that does not mean he does not take it seriously. Thus enters U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald is the federal prosecutor for the northern district of Illinois. He has been appointed all his life by Republican lawmakers (cue the wails and cries of "not bi-partisan enough"). But in his most recent assignment he has prosecuted more than four dozen Republican Illinois lawmakers on charges of corruption. And just last week his team landed a 22-count federal indictment of Illinois' former Governor George Ryan, a Republican.

Let the opponents of President Bush lick their lips, and smack their jaws over the thought of bringing down the administration over the Plame silliness, just because they have no other issue with which to try to win.

Let them have this moment of "gotcha" - if the moment is to be had.

If there is an administration official that is found to be at fault for the shocking discovery of Valerie Plame's identity, Fitzgerald will find it. He's all business - all the time.

And psst! to Valerie Plame and her husband Joe Wilson: If you think you may have done something to contribute to Valerie's sudden and shocking exposure, you may want to bury the evidence really deep, because Fitzgerald will go wherever the evidence leads, not where he may shop the best deal for a book and movie offer.

So to Mr. Fitzgerald - happy hunting!


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cialeak; doj

1 posted on 01/06/2004 7:09:49 AM PST by Gothmog
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To: seamole; Wolfstar
Just FYI since y'all are usually interested in this topic
2 posted on 01/06/2004 7:21:15 AM PST by Gothmog
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To: All
Linda Carter is completely unrelated to Free Republic. But if I am going to have to post donation begs until the Freepathon is over, I'm going to occasionally post something I want! And there is only one way you can stop me!

3 posted on 01/06/2004 7:21:49 AM PST by Support Free Republic (I'd rather be sleeping. Let's get this over with so I can go back to sleep!)
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To: Gothmog
This is great! That is exactly the type of independent counsel that "SHOULD" have been appointed in all the Clinton scandals -- follow the evidence where it leads.
4 posted on 01/06/2004 7:38:34 AM PST by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Support Bush-Cheney '04)
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To: Gothmog
And psst! to Valerie Plame and her husband Joe Wilson: If you think you may have done something to contribute to Valerie's sudden and shocking exposure, you may want to bury the evidence really deep, because Fitzgerald will go wherever the evidence leads, not where he may shop the best deal for a book and movie offer.

Precisely what I've been openly hoping for: That the investigation leads to none other than the Wilsons themselves. Please, let it be so (as it appears that is the obvious mischief that has been created, if I may use such a word for the treachery they have attempted against our president and our country).

6 posted on 01/06/2004 2:26:20 PM PST by cyncooper ("The evil is in plain sight")
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