Sunday, February 12, 2006

Senators from Both Sides:Cheney Should be Investigated

The AP is reporting that Senator Jack Reed, (D-RI) and Senator George Allen, (R-VA) should be investigated in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson.

According to court documents disclosed last week, Libby told a federal grand jury that he disclosed in July 2003 the contents of a classified National Intelligence Estimate as part of the Bush administration's defense of intelligence used to justify invading Iraq.

In another version of the same AP release Allen is quoted as saying,

"I don't think anybody should be releasing classified information, period, whether in the Congress, executive branch or some underling in some bureaucracy," said Allen, who appeared with Reed on "Fox News Sunday."

Allen went on to praise Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the case saying he is very professional and articulate.

Vice President Cheney has been interviewed by the special prosecutor, but was not under oath. Fitzgerald may already have plans to interview Cheney again in front of the grand jury. Before calling the Vice President of the United States to testify in front of a grand jury you can bet Fitzgerald will be prepared. He isn't easily intimidated and that should keep Cheney off his game. Intimidation and fear as Cheney's favorite cards to play and Fitzgerald won't be impressed.

Jane and Redd at Firedoglake have written extensively about this case. You can find a few of their writings here, here and here.


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