Skip to comments.Prosecute Plame?
Posted on 06/08/2007 10:02:41 AM PDT by Ooh-Ah
U.S. District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton wants former vice presidential aide I. Lewis Scooter Libby to go directly to jail, without passing go, and without collecting $200 dollars. And so far, the word from the White House is that President Bush has no intention of giving Libby a Get Out of Jail Free card.
The prospect of a pardon has become so sensitive inside the West Wing that top aides have been kept out of the loop, and even Bush friends have been told not to bring it up with the president, the Washington Post wrote on Wednesday.
If true, thats a pretty sorry comment on the state of the Bush White House, and the state of this presidency, especially given Bushs obsession with demanding total loyalty from his staff. Bushs loyalty is a one-way street.
As I have argued in this space before, Scooter deserves a pardon, now, before he serves a single day in jail.
While Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald a Clinton appointee, lets not forget did succeed in convincing a Washington, DC jury to convict Libby of lying to a grand jury, its also crystal clear that Libby was being questioned about a crime everyone now agrees he did not commit.
Even Judge Walton acknowledged this, noting on Tuesday during the sentencing hearing that the trial did not prove Libby knew that [Valerie] Plame worked in an undercover capacity.
But the trial did prove, beyond any doubt whatsoever, that Libby was not the government official who leaked her name. That honor falls to former deputy secretary of State Richard Armitage, who spilled the beans in an interview with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward weeks before Libby ever had the conservations Pat Fitzgeralds taxpayer-funded Bush-hunt investigated for 2 1/2 years.
For Walton and Fitzgerald, it made no difference that there was no underlying crime. Libby deserved jail time because he lied about nearly everything that mattered, Fitzgerald said in his sentencing memorandum. Even worse: Fitzgerald claimed at the hearing that Libbys lying uniquely blocked him from learning the full truth about what happened.
Much hot air has been expelled from various parts about the crime of perjury. Writing in the Washington Times the day after Libby was sentenced, Bush critic Bruce Fein said Libby not only deserved jail time, but deserves a stiff prison term to deter his erstwhile Bush administration colleagues, for example, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and White House political guru Karl Rove, from equivocating with Congress and the courts.
Fein, who reminds anyone who will listen that he was a deputy attorney general during the Reagan administration, also supported a Congressional motion of censure against President Bush last year. He believes that sending Libby to jail is imperative also to honor the rule of law, the nations crown jewel.
Well, if perjury is so important and it is, when it concerns an underlying crime then Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should consider appointing a Special Counsel to investigate Valerie Plame.
Why? Because by all appearances, either Val has the memory of a mouse, or she flagrantly perjured herself while testifying under oath before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on March 16, 2007.
Under questioning, Plame insisted that she was not the one who recommended that the CIA send her husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joe Wilson, to Niger in February 2002 to investigate claims that Saddam Hussein was seeking to purchase significant quantities of uranium from Africa.
No. I did not recommend him, she said. I did not suggest him. There was no nepotism involved. I didnt have the authority.
Besides the fact that no one has ever suggested, to my knowledge, that Valerie Plame actually made the decision to send her husband, her statement is pretty straight forward. She neither recommended her husband, or suggested his name.
Perhaps Ms. Plame never expected that anyone would challenge that statement. Perhaps she just assumed that the truth would remain cloaked in secrecy. Perhaps she trusted her friends in Congress to make sure that no evidence contradicting her assertions would ever be released to the public.
When the Senate Select committee on intelligence first investigated the Niger story in a report released in July 2004, it stated flat-out, The plan to send the former ambassador to Niger was suggested by the former ambassadors wife, a CIA employee.
That angered Mr. Wilson, who wrote to the committee shortly afterwards, claiming that this assertion was not true.
Since then, the Senate intelligence committee has gone back to the source, and reviewed yet again many of the intelligence documents that it relied upon for that initial report.
One of those documents was the email from Valerie Plame to her boss at CIA in which she recommended her husband for the Niger trip.
According to Wilson, that memo was little more than a recitation of his contacts and bona fides. But in additional views from intelligence committee vice-chairman Sen. Kit Bond, Sen. Hatch, and Sen. Burr, released on May 25, 2007, they state flat out, This is not true.
And then they drop the bomb. The Committee did not release the full text of the document, thinking it was unnecessary in light of the other evidence provided in the [original] report, but considering the controversy surrounding this document, making the full text available now seems prudent.
The Valerie Plame e-mail, now fully declassified, shows without any doubt that she recommended her husband for the mission in Niger.
After recounting an earlier fact-finding mission he had carried out in Niger for the Agency, as well as his good contacts "with both the [prime minister] and the former minister of mines," she concluded by saying that her husband "may be in a position to assist. Therefore, request your thoughts on what, if anything to pursue here.
Is there anything ambiguous about that statement? I dont think so. Valerie Plame was recommending her husband for the Niger trip. [The document can be viewed here]
It ought to be sent to Attorney General Albert Gonzales by members of Mr. Waxmans committee, along with a cover note requesting a Special counsel investigation to determine whether Ms. Plame committed perjury during her March 16, 2007 Congressional testimony.
And thats not the only instance where Valerie Plame appears to have garbled the facts, intentionally or not.
Asked by Rep. Westmoreland about the context for sending her husband to Niger, Plame showed that she had been paying very close attention to what was publicly known about the case:
Congressman, I believe one of the pieces of evidence that was introduced in the Libby trial was an INR memo of that meeting, where it states -- in fact, my husband was not particularly looking forward -- he didn't think it was necessary. There had been, I believe, at least two other reports -- one by a three-star general and one by the ambassador there on the ground -- who said there really wasn't much to this allegation.
And the INR folks that attended the meeting also said: Well, we're not sure that this is really necessary. But it was ultimately decided that he would go, use his contacts -- which were extensive in the government -- to see if there was anything more to this. It was a serious question asked by the Office of the Vice President, and it deserved a serious answer.
Theres only one problem with Valerie Plames statement. It doesnt square with what she also should have known from the classified record.
The report by the ambassador there on the ground has also been partially declassified, and concluded precisely to the contrary that initial CIA reporting provides sufficient details to warrant another hard look at Niger's uranium sales, according to the latest Senate intelligence committee report.
If anyone thought this story ended with Scooter Libbys sentencing hearing, or even with him going to jail, think again.
There is much more to come. Stay tuned.
Around here the illegals get $18 to $28 per hour, and they don't have to sleep with the lady of the house either.
Think of the Wilsons as an American version of Euro-trash, but without the class, or the skis.
Impulsive answers only reveal your lack of insight.
Valerie Plame is far more lovely than Paris Hilton. And while Paris gratuitously shows off her body, Plame just dresses normally and attractively. What a difference!
That, rather than any sort of demure behavior and conservative dress is most likely the point of her attraction for you.
Paris, to her credit, is heir to a billion dollars (and I doubt she waits for the third date).
Wanna see something sad...read Bob Woodwards account of his conversation with Libby, vs. Libby's account. The stuff Libby says he said to Russert, Woodward says he said to him.
Good looking AND despicable!
Black roots & part.
Well, wow. You’ve just stirred the pot a bit. If I hear you correctly, Paris Hilton is a better catch than Valerie Plame. And Valerie may have spent some time as a CIA-lovely who used, (ahem) “confidential and undisclosed assets” to get information from bad guys. At least we can imagine such.
Well, I’m really not interested in either. I’m just admiring her from afar. I would expect neither Paris nor Valerie to ever want me in the sack.
I’m really just admiring her loveliness. Best to leave it at that.
Joe Wilson’s Perfidy
Joe took the Islamicists’ side,
When he said that the President lied.
Since the Times spread Joe’s tale,
Please put them in jail
And, certainly, Joe should be fried
Joe wrote an op-ed and lied
Didn’t care if Americans died
He sat on his tush
As he undermined Bush
And pretended wife Val was “inside.”
looks rather ordinary to me...
tom h ... just go buy the Corvette or Mustang and hopefully get through your ‘change of life’ without the women! LOL
-—WHO is controlling access to the president and keeping him uninformed?-—
It has been reported that Bush doesn’t read the newspapers or watch any news. I doubt he uses the internet. He depends on staff to brief him.
How do you think Paris got off light?
So Scooter Libby gets thrown on the scrap heap along with Donald Rumsfeld (and Peter Pace?). At least the latter two have not been threatened with jail yet.
How do you think Paris got off light?
I guess they are cowering if fear instead of informing him. America DOES NOT want amnesty, America wants it’s laws enforced. Time for Bush to get a clue.
It's pretty clear the crimes Plame committed are far more egregious than whatever crimes Libby was convicted of by a jury.
I wonder what the statues of limitations is for Plame alleged crimes?
Maybe when we have men of principle again in DC someone will correct this farce
Clinton appointee? Not that it matters much in light of the SSCI’s new evidence but wasn’t Fitz a Bush appointee? I posted this article elsewhere, before double-checking that and got hammered for posting more ‘Bush lies’. Doesn’t help the cause much.........