House Committees Reject Plame Resolution of Inquiry
Murray Waas reports that the House Judiciary and International Relations Committees, on a party line vote, rejected resolutions of inquiry that would have commenced a Congressional inquiry into the leaking the identity of former CIA operative Valerie Plame.
Not too surprisingly, Republicans today beat back formal "resolutions of inquiry" by Democrats on the House Judiciary and House International Relations Committees that would have required the Bush administration to turn over to Congress information and records relating to the outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame....
Republicans argued that any vote in favor of the resolution might impair the ongoing federal grand jury probe by special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald. Democrats pointed out that Congress engaged in its own extensive formal investigations of Watergate and Whitewater while special prosecutors conducted criminal inquiries.
The House Intelligence Committee has scheduled a closed-session vote tomorrow. Murray says the outcome is expected to be the same.
AP article is here.
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