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Posted on 03/16/2007 5:55:58 AM PDT by Mo1Edited on 03/16/2007 5:57:55 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
ON CAPITOL HILL Valerie Wilson Testifies
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) chairs a House Oversight and Government Reform Ctme. hearing on the disclosure of CIA Agent Valerie Plame Wilson's identity. The hearing will look into whether White House officials followed appropriate procedures for safeguarding the identity of Ms. Wilson.
FRIDAY, C-SPAN AT 10AM ET
Will they scramble her face and garble her voice while on camera so we won't recognize who she is? Gotta maintain secrecy.
I'll be curious as to whether there will be any tough questions for her from our lilly livered reps.
I was just about to email you and see if anyone was interested in a live thread.
This could be the entertainment of the day.
Thank you for starting this thread..
Not sure if I am looking forward to this or not...seems like every hearing lately is just turning into WAY too much of an election campaign.
There was a rumor yesterday the hearing would be behind close door
Lights Out on Plame?
Valerie Plame, the former CIA operative turned celebrity, is scheduled to testify Friday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. But there are still a few hurdles to overcome before she can tell her story.
Committee sources said on Wednesday there have been negotiations with the CIA over ground rules for the questions that Plame can - and cannot - be asked. And with those talks still ongoing, Virginia Rep. Tom Davis, the committee's ranking Republican, has threatened to call for a closed hearing if an agreement isn't reached by Friday.
"It would be with great reluctance, but we have to protect confidential information," Davis told The Politico.
Davis is clearly unhappy that the hearing is taking place at all, so his threat has to be viewed in that context. Davis said he "would have liked to have heard from [special prosecutor] Patrick Fitzgerald" before Plame testified, and he's not sure whether Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the committee chairman, will be able to fully address the CIA concerns.
Plame, the wife of former diplomat Joe Wilson, was publicly outed as a CIA operative by columnist Robert Novak after Wilson had questioned the intelligence used by the Bush administration to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq. A federal criminal investigation ensued, eventually leading to the conviction of Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, on perjury and obstruction charges.
"We are mining something that has been thoroughly looked into," Davis said. "There are so many other areas where [congressional] oversight needs to be conducted instead of the Plame thing."
Waxman declined to comment on his discussions with the CIA, but strongly defended the invitation for Plame to testify publicly.
"Clearly there were leaks which were a threat to our national security," Waxman said. "We need to evaluate what happened.''
Here is a live thread experience...and you might learn how we freepers pay attention to what is going on in Congress.
Thanks for the ping, unfortunately I will be out this morning and will miss this. I look forward to reading the thread when I get back later.
It's the only reason why the Dems are doing this .. considering Congress ALREADY had hearings AND wrote a report
This is a perfect explanation why the government doesn't have any credibility on any level. Where is Richard Armitage? He was the one that outed Plame. We all know that. So much for that idiot Waxman.
Glad that the weather is so lousy in D.C. today.
LOL, will they ask her why her husband was allowed to expose her when writing his oped about his "secret" mission, that his "secret" wife recommended and sent him on?
Thanks for posting MO1, it is rare I am home and able to follow such threads. What time does secret agent woman go on?