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Bush Linked to Valerie Plame Outing!

President placed, for the first time, directly in a chain of events that led to outing. -- Prosecutor's document.
April 6, 2006
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A former White House aide under indictment for obstructing a leak probe, I. Lewis Libby, testified to a grand jury that he gave information from a closely-guarded "National Intelligence Estimate" on Iraq to a New York Times reporter in 2003 with the specific permission of President Bush, according to a new court filing from the special prosecutor in the case.

The court papers from the prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, do not suggest that Mr. Bush violated any law or rule. However, the new disclosure could be awkward for the president because it places him, for the first time, directly in a chain of events that led to a meeting where prosecutors contend the identity of a CIA employee, Valerie Plame, was provided to a reporter.

Continued, plus view the Government's (Fitzgerald's) filing :

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remember this post 06.Apr.2006 11:33

rAT

One day this little posting above will share the same historical significance as a small story in the Washington Post once did. It was about a "third rate burglary" at an apartment complex called Watergate.
later dude
later dude

no, not what the article said 06.Apr.2006 12:16

lkj

libby outted bush about leaking pre-iraq reports that would justify the move to war, NOT the plume affair.

Focus past the dust and mirrors 06.Apr.2006 23:01

We hold these truths

The President can declassify any information. The only problem is that from what I've heard, the report from which the info came remained classified. Heard this on one of the news analysis.

Now if the VP denied under oath that he didn't know where it came from...whoops, that may be a problem. In the case of the Prez, he was (surprise!) once again at least caught lying to the public.

Remember the key crime in described is Obstruction of Justice for lying to Patrick Fitzggerald about their knowledge.

Just as Libby is trying to throw up a lot of smoke and dust to obscure the fact that he was indicted for perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements to a grand jury, not disclosure of classifeid material.

The same is true here. Just like with Nixon. It wasn't the original crime but the cover-up.

Bush has been caught in an obstruction of justice trap.

Just as with Libby. The orginal crimes are irrelevent. Libby and Rove and Cheney and Bush lied to the Federal Prosecutors about their knowledge.

Nothing else is necessary to prove.

 http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/4/6/194043/7323

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For Immediate Release: Contact: Jeff Lieberson
April 6. 2006 202-225-6335 (office)
202-225-0817 (cell)

Hinchey Statement On Revelation That President Bush Authorized Leak
Of Classified Information To Bolster Administration's Public Case For War

Washington, DC -- Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today released the following statement in response to news reports that President Bush authorized Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, to disclose highly classified information regarding Iraq intelligence.

"If what Scooter Libby said to the grand jury is true, then this latest development clearly reveals yet again that the CIA leak case goes much deeper than the disclosure of a CIA agent's identity to the press. The heart and motive of this case is about the deliberate attempt at the highest levels of this administration to discredit those who were publicly revealing that the White House lied about its uranium claims leading up to the war. The Bush Administration knew that Iraq had not sought uranium from Africa for a nuclear weapon, yet they went around telling the Congress, the country, and the world just the opposite. When Ambassador Joseph Wilson, Valerie Wilson's husband, publicly spoke out with proof that the administration was not telling the truth on uranium, the administration engaged in an orchestrated plot, which now reportedly includes President Bush, to discredit Ambassador Wilson and dismiss any notion that they had lied about pre-war intelligence.

"It is an absolute disgrace to the institution of the presidency that President Bush authorized members of his administration to disclose select parts of highly classified information from a National Intelligence Estimate in order to make political advances and gain public support. How dare President Bush and Vice President Cheney say they want to prosecute those who leaked the NSA domestic surveillance program when they themselves authorized the disclosure of information from some of the most highly sensitive documents in the government. The White House opposes leaks when the disclosed information hurts them politically, but supports leaks when information advances their political cause.

"Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald recently responded to my request for him to expand his investigation to include the motive behind the leak, which I believe was to discredit Ambassador Wilson's revelation that Iraq never sought uranium from Africa. If so, President Bush and other top members of his administration knowingly lied about uranium to the Congress, which is a crime. It is my belief, as well as the belief of my 39 House colleagues who signed my original letter to Special Counsel Fitzgerald, that he has the authority and obligation to expand his investigation to investigate the lies about uranium, which are the true heart of this case.

"Scooter Libby's camp is currently engaged in a legal proceeding to remove Patrick Fitzgerald from his post and have the case dismissed. This is just further evidence that Scooter Libby doesn't have a leg to stand on. I'm confident that the latest Libby motion will be rejected and that the case will move forward. As such, I am formulating a response to Patrick Fitzgerald's letter to me and will aggressively pursue every avenue needed to ensure that an investigation is conducted into the administration's uranium lies. The heart of the CIA leak case cannot and must not be ignored."

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Jeff Lieberson
Communications Director
Office of Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY22)
202-225-6335 (office)
202-225-1265 (direct)
202-225-0817 (cell)
 jeff.lieberson@mail.house.gov

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