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What a Load of Armitage! What did Patrick Fitzgerald know, and when did he know it?
OpinionJournal ^ | 9/15/06 | VICTORIA TOENSING

Posted on 09/15/2006 2:48:34 AM PDT by pookie18

Richard Armitage has finally emerged from the cover-my-backside closet, "apologizing" on CBS for keeping quiet for almost three years about being the original source for Robert Novak's July 14, 2003, column stating that Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, worked for the CIA and had suggested him for a mission to Niger. He disingenuously blames his silence on Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's non-legally-based request--any witness is free to talk about his testimony--not to discuss the matter. Put aside hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer funds squandered on the investigation, New York Times reporter Judith Miller's 85 days in jail, the angst and legal fees of scores of witnesses, the White House held siege to a criminal investigation while fighting the war on terror, Karl Rove's reputation maligned, and "Scooter" Libby's resignation and indictment. By his silence, Mr. Armitage is responsible for one of the most factually distorted investigations in history.

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1 posted on 09/15/2006 2:48:36 AM PDT by pookie18
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To: pookie18
There's nothing quite as satisfying as the sight of the Left tripped by its own lies. They should be embarrassed by what they put the country through but by nature they are incapable of admitting they erred.

(No more Olmert! No more Kadima! No more Oslo! )

2 posted on 09/15/2006 2:55:21 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: pookie18

Great title, huh... I'd bet that's gonna steam him pretty good... Well deserved...


3 posted on 09/15/2006 3:00:21 AM PDT by Zeppo
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To: pookie18

Fitzi should be put in jail for obstructing his own justice system.


4 posted on 09/15/2006 3:00:50 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: freeangel
Fitzi should be put in jail for obstructing his own justice system.

Maybe by 12/25...Merry Fitzmas!!

5 posted on 09/15/2006 3:05:02 AM PDT by pookie18 ([Hillary Rotten] Clinton Happens...as does Dr. Demento Dean, Bela Pelosi & Benedick Durbin!!)
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To: pookie18
Excellent article, and a really good time line and summary, with appropriate criticisms of Armitage, Wilson, and Fitzgerald, with a little dig at David Corn at the end.

The only thing missing is a slam on Powell, who deserves one, IMHO.

6 posted on 09/15/2006 3:15:37 AM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look over Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: leadpenny; Springman; SuzanneC; meema; Peach; Howlin; Mo1; StarFan; All

this article is a keeper, an excellent timeline.


7 posted on 09/15/2006 3:34:12 AM PDT by YaYa123 (@)
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To: leadpenny; Springman; SuzanneC; meema; Peach; Howlin; Mo1; StarFan; All

this article is a keeper, an excellent timeline.


8 posted on 09/15/2006 3:34:26 AM PDT by YaYa123 (@)
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To: pookie18

Does anyone know how much Fitzgerald has spent on this wild goose chase?


9 posted on 09/15/2006 3:35:54 AM PDT by Beckwith (The dhimmicrats and liberal media have chosen sides and they've sided with the Jihadists.)
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To: YaYa123

bookmarked - Thanks


10 posted on 09/15/2006 3:55:26 AM PDT by Mo1 (Think about it .. A Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be 2 seats away from being President)
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To: freeangel

You are correct sir. Fitzgerald deserves prison.


11 posted on 09/15/2006 3:57:58 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: Beckwith

I'd read it, but can't recall...$30 million?


12 posted on 09/15/2006 3:58:44 AM PDT by pookie18 ([Hillary Rotten] Clinton Happens...as does Dr. Demento Dean, Bela Pelosi & Benedick Durbin!!)
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To: pookie18

I'd read it, but can't recall...$30 million?

Yes but it's taxpayer money not real money.


13 posted on 09/15/2006 4:00:59 AM PDT by freedomfiter2
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To: freedomfiter2

And yet the Rats are still complaining about how much money was "wasted" on the Starr investigations (the ones that netted numerous indictments, convictions, and guilty pleas).


14 posted on 09/15/2006 4:08:09 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Democrats are guilty of whatever they scream the loudest about.)
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To: pookie18

Now that this has finally been exposed as a witch hunt, can we PLEASE prosecute fitz now?


15 posted on 09/15/2006 4:10:06 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Israel, taking out the world's trash since 1948.)
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To: pookie18

she doesn't go near far enough in questioning Armitage's motivations, but maybe she figures that's for others , like Novak to do. Who else can dig into it?


16 posted on 09/15/2006 4:12:29 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: pookie18
Overall, a fairly balanced summary of the facts, but I take issue with the following:

By his silence, Mr. Armitage is responsible for one of the most factually distorted investigations in history.

While Armitage isn't deserving of any praise for keeping his silence for so long, as Toensing points out, Fitzpatrick had to have known from the outset of the "investigation" that there was no "there" there and nothing to investigate. Rather than focus on the principals in this soap opera, he went after Bush, Cheney, Rove and ultimately had to settle for a non-related bogus charge against Scooter Libby.

Fitzpatrick, IMO, is guilty at a minimum of abusing the office of the special prosecutor and malfeasance. He exposed himself as being incompetent, unethical, immoral and a leftist hack whose legal qualifications to be so much as a meter maid are dubious at best.

As a taxpayer, I want my money back from Fitzpatrick. And he should be permanently disbarred.
17 posted on 09/15/2006 4:22:33 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: joe fonebone
Now that this has finally been exposed as a witch hunt, can we PLEASE prosecute fitz now?

I'm sure the Bush Administration will get right on it.

18 posted on 09/15/2006 4:29:40 AM PDT by airborne (Fecal matter is en route to fan! Contact is imminent!)
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To: pookie18

Fitzgerald was too busy laying perjury traps and collecting huge fees to be concerned about the essence of his job. Inexcusable.


19 posted on 09/15/2006 4:35:25 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: pookie18

Somebody should be investigating Fitz!........


20 posted on 09/15/2006 4:40:28 AM PDT by mystery-ak (My Son, My Soldier, My Hero..............)
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To: pookie18
Did Mr. Fitzgerald subpoena Ms. Plame? He could have asked her why, if she were truly covert, was she attending an Eastern Shore meeting in May 2003 with Democratic senators.

Pretty much explains the whole mess.

21 posted on 09/15/2006 4:42:50 AM PDT by libertylover (If it's good and decent, you can be sure the Democrat Party leaders are against it.)
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To: pookie18

FYI -

Novak will be on C-Span at 9 am explaining the Armitage matter.


22 posted on 09/15/2006 4:49:55 AM PDT by sergeantdave (Consider that nearly half the people you pass on the street meet Lenin's definition of useful idiot)
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To: gusopol3
Certainly Powell's clear motive is on view for all to see.

He was against the war and was happy to see the administration under a cloud while fighting the war.

His interjecting himself into the prisoner at Gitmo matter is proof positive that he has no interest in protecting America.

23 posted on 09/15/2006 4:58:31 AM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: sergeantdave

BTTT


24 posted on 09/15/2006 4:59:33 AM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: pookie18
He disingenuously blames his silence on Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's non-legally-based request--any witness is free to talk about his testimony--not to discuss the matter.

What a load of Armitage indeed.

25 posted on 09/15/2006 7:16:53 AM PDT by tioga
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To: pookie18

I read 20 million somewhere, but 20 or 30 million, it's taxpayers money he's squandered and he should be called on it!


26 posted on 09/15/2006 7:33:56 AM PDT by PeskyOne
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To: pookie18

bttt


27 posted on 09/15/2006 7:35:32 AM PDT by Txsleuth (,((((((((ISRAEL)))))) Pray for the release of the Israelis.)
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To: goldstategop

They need not admit they erred, because they won.


28 posted on 09/15/2006 7:38:45 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: pookie18


The Democrats' case against Bush is a House of Cards that
collapses every time there is a careful examination of the facts.


29 posted on 09/15/2006 7:39:29 AM PDT by OESY
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To: YaYa123

Thanks, YaYa. I just printed it out to read with hiliter in hand.


30 posted on 09/15/2006 8:12:02 AM PDT by meema (I am a Conservative Traditional Republican, NOT an elitist, sexist, cynic or right wing extremist!)
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To: mystery-ak

I put a call in to Ken Starr ;-)


31 posted on 09/15/2006 8:34:42 AM PDT by pookie18 ([Hillary Rotten] Clinton Happens...as does Dr. Demento Dean, Bela Pelosi & Benedick Durbin!!)
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To: pookie18
C-SPAN this morning had her on discussing the editorial

08:30 AM EDT
0:30 (est.) LIVE
Call-In
CIA Leak Investigation
C-SPAN, Washington Journal
Victoria Toensing , Department of Justice

32 posted on 09/16/2006 6:24:24 AM PDT by DoctorMichael (A wall first. A wall now.)
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To: DoctorMichael

Great! I've always enjoyed hearing her (&/or her husband, Joe DeGenova)...


33 posted on 09/16/2006 6:48:06 AM PDT by pookie18 ([Hillary Rotten] Clinton Happens...as does Dr. Demento Dean, Bela Pelosi & Benedick Durbin!!)
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To: pookie18

Victoria Toensing is my favorite lawyer.


34 posted on 09/16/2006 6:16:24 PM PDT by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find.)
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