Monday, October 24, 2005
As CIA Leak Case Wraps Up
GOI: Some Republicans are trying to smear prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald:
This from Reuters:
By Adam Entous
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush said on Monday the investigation into the outing of a covert CIA operative was "very serious," even as Republican allies started casting aspersions on the prosecutor and the possibility of perjury charges.
GOI: Over the weekend, Republicans launched a preemptive strike against possible charges for perjury.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas derided any potential perjury charge as a "technicality," and suggested Fitzgerald may be trying to show that "two years' of investigation was not a waste of time and dollars."
GOI: Even though Republicans nailed Clinton to the wall over perjury when it comes to one of their own it's a "technicality."
Common Dreams on Hutchison's hypocrisy:
This statement contradicts the Senator’s 1999 view expressed during the impeachment of President Clinton when she said, “The edifice of American jurisprudence rests on the foundation of the due process of law. The mortar in that foundation is the oath. Those who seek to obstruct justice weaken that foundation, and those who violate the oath would tear the whole structure down.”
Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington stated, “I would expect a member of the United States Senate to judge any government official’s actions based on the rule of law, not on party affiliation. As a Senator charged with upholding the laws of the United States, Sen. Hutchison should be ashamed and embarrassed by her flagrant inconsistency. She owes her constituents and the nation an explanation.”
GOI: As for the two year investigation being a "waste of time and dollars: The Clinton investigation took TWICE this long!!
All the casting of aspersions emerging even though the Commander-in-Chief himself said this of the prosecutor Fitzgerald:
The special prosecutor is conducting a very serious investigation - he’s doing it in a very dignified way, by the way - and we’ll see what he says.
GOI: Also, reports are circulating now that the President is frustrated and playing the blame game within his own staff. This from, The New York Daily News:
"The President is just unhappy in general and casting blame all about," said one Bush insider. "Andy [Card, the chief of staff] gets his share. Karl gets his share. Even Cheney gets his share. And the press gets a big share."
The vice president remains Bush's most trusted political confidant. Even so, the Daily News has learned Bush has told associates Cheney was overly involved in intelligence issues in the runup to the Iraq war that have been seized on by Bush critics.
Bush is so dismayed that "the only person escaping blame is the President himself," (GOI: Figures he blames everyone but himself. Reminds me of Homer Simpson saying, 'This is everyone's fault but mine.') said a sympathetic official, who delicately termed such self-exoneration "illogical."
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