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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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  • Re: House Committees Reject Plame Resolution of In (none / 0) (#1)
    by squeaky on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:50 PM EST
    I'd like to see Fitzgerald finish his Independent investigation before congress meddles and grants immunities etc. Congressional hearings after Fitzgerald presents his findings seems like a good thing.

    Re: House Committees Reject Plame Resolution of In (none / 0) (#2)
    by john horse on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:50 PM EST
    The Republicans are being consistent. They have refused to hold hearings on the politization of pre-war intelligence, the CPA's loss of almost $9 billion in Iraq, and the poor prewar planning. They promised to get to the bottom of the Abu Ghraib scandal "even if it costs George Bush the election". Never happened. No hearings on abuse of detainees at Guantanamo and other prisons either. Lets be honest here. The reason that the Republican congressmen are refusing to hold hearings isn't because they don't think there is anything there. It is the very opposite. What is important isn't the truth and holding people accountable but minimizing the political damage to their party. What a shallow party the GOP has become.

    Re: House Committees Reject Plame Resolution of In (none / 0) (#3)
    by jimcee on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:52 PM EST
    What part of the dead horse hasn't been beat in this non-issue?

    Re: House Committees Reject Plame Resolution of In (none / 0) (#4)
    by Sailor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:52 PM EST
    wow, a new low by wingnuts - 'treason is a non issue.'

    Re: House Committees Reject Plame Resolution of In (none / 0) (#5)
    by squeaky on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:52 PM EST
    jc-you wish it were a non issue. The only reason it is a non issue for you as opposed to the Starr investigation is that Starr continually leaked to the pirnah press juicy tid bit of Clinton's flesh. Fitzgerald does not leak and so it is boring for your short attention span. A blow job vs. treason. I wouldn't be surprised if that is why Bush put Rove in charge of doling out the couple of hundred billion NO rebuilding fund. josh marshall writes:
    President Bush has now put us on notice, the Gulf Coast reconstruction effort is going to be run as a patronage and political operation. That's not spin or hyperbole. They're saying it themselves. The president has put Karl Rove in charge of the reconstruction, with a budget of a couple hundred billion dollars. They've announced this in various ways over the last few days. But here's another, from today's Times ...