I went into the weeds again, this time at Little Green Footballs, and as expected, I found several "alternate reality" posts. I couldn't finish the thread about "Scooter" Libby's indictment but below is a fair sample of BushBot thinking, along with the needed corrections.
#5 mglazer 10/28/2005 12:48PM PDT
A political aide in Washington LIED TO
30 years in jail!
It is the Politics of Persecution
(POP) played out by the MSM
FITZGERALD: At the end of the day what appears is that Mr. Libby's story that he was at the tail end of a chain of phone calls, passing on from one reporter what he heard from another, was not true.
It was false. He was at the beginning of the chain of phone calls, the first official to disclose this information outside the government to a reporter. And then he lied about it afterwards, under oath and repeatedly.
This is a very serious matter and compromising national security information is a very serious matter. But the need to get to the bottom of what happened and whether national security was compromised by inadvertence, by recklessness, by maliciousness is extremely important. We need to know the truth. And anyone who would go into a grand jury and lie, obstruct and impede the investigation has committed a serious crime. LINK
#35 BulgarWheat 10/28/2005 01:01PM PDT
# 111 Drool.
Here we're wondering whether or not someone leaked a name
of a un-covert-CIA agent,....
#78 Model4 10/28/2005 01:19PM PDT
Odd, when I listen to the press cover this, they constantly talk as if a spy was outed.
Harlow, the former CIA spokesman, said in an interview yesterday that he testified last year before a grand jury about conversations he had with Novak at least three days before the column was published. He said he warned Novak, in the strongest terms he was permitted to use without revealing classified information, that Wilson's wife had not authorized the mission and that if he did write about it, her name should not be revealed.
Harlow said that after Novak's call, he checked Plame's status and confirmed that she was an undercover operative. He said he called Novak back to repeat that the story Novak had related to him was wrong and that Plame's name should not be used. But he did not tell Novak directly that she was undercover because that was classified. LINK
#146 goodbye_natalie 10/28/2005 01:56PM PDT
I'm not sure how much the Ken Starr investigation cost, but
it wasn't as much as this one that didn't lead to anything
The Iran-Contra investigation cost $47.5 million. The Whitewater and other investigations cost $70 million. LINK After Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh's appointment in December 1986, 14 persons were charged with criminal offenses. Eleven persons were convicted, but two convictions were overturned on appeal. Two persons were pardoned before trial and one case was dismissed when the Bush Administration declined to declassify information necessary for trial. On December 24, 1992, President Bush pardoned Caspar W. Weinberger, Duane R. Clarridge, Clair E. George, Elliott Abrams, Alan D. Fiers, Jr., and Robert C. McFarlane. LINK
#154 acwgusa 10/28/2005 02:01PM PDT
Besides, the Senate Impeaches, the House does the Conviction.
Clause 5: The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.
Clause 6: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.