Thursday, March 8, 2007

And more leadership!

Valerie Plame, the CIA operative exposed after her husband criticized President Bush's march to war, will testify next week before lawmakers probing how the White House dealt with her identity, the chairman of the panel said Thursday.

Also invited to testify March 16 before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is Patrick Fitzgerald, who this week won conviction of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby of obstruction and perjury in the case, said Chairman Henry Waxman (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif.

Waxman said Plame has accepted the invitation and Fitzgerald has not responded. In a letter to the prosecutor, Waxman proposed a meeting with ranking Republican Tom Davis of Virginia to discuss the terms of any testimony.
As I pointed out yesterday, a Congressional investigation will do two things- a) show the public why this outing mattered, and b) underscore what the case was really about: the Bush Administration's having lied us into the war, and the sinister tactics they used to attempt to destroy anyone who revealed those lies. Even if that someone was a critically important asset to national security.

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