Saturday, March 17, 2007

How strange... no White House investigation

I've already commented that, in spite of White House protestations of wanting to get to the bottom of the leak, there has been a lack of reporting on that front. I should have been shocked to learn that the reason for the lack of reporting was that no investigation at all had taken place. Amid allegations that someone in the White House had blown the cover of a covert CIA agent working on WMD in Iraq, no White House investigation took place. I say "should have been shocked" because I'm not -- I know why no investigation took place. They all knew who had leaked the information; they were all complicit. It was part of the plan to "get" Wilson. They weren't going to investigate themselves.

BushCo is so arrogant in its malfeasance that it doesn't even bother to pretend to be doing the right thing.

Crooks & Liars has this:

James Knodell, director of the Office of Security at the White House, told a congressional committee today that he was aware of no internal investigation or report into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame. The White House had first opposed Knodell testifying but after a threat of a subpoena from the committee yesterday he was allowed to appear today.

Rep. Waxman recalled that President Bush had promised a full internal probe. Knodell repeated that no probe took place, as far as he knew, and was not happening today. Rep. Elijah Cummings said all of this was "shocking."
Waxman said that Knodell's office's lack of action was a "breach within a breach." Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton called this a "dereliction of duty."

Rep. Waxman at one point said that he regretted not being able to put up a video of the president promising a full probe but added, "I guess we will leave that to The Daily Show."


Chairman Henry Waxman:
“Right after the Novak column appeared, there was an outrage that this was disclosing a covert agent… the White House still has not initiated an investigation, am I correct in that statement?”

Dr. James Knodell
“That’s correct.” via The Gavel


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