Saturday, November 19, 2005

Why won't the administration cooperate with the Fitzgerald investigation?

One thing to consider with the recent revelation that the identity of Valerie Plame was leaked prior to Scooter Libby discussing her with Judy Miller. It has been the stated assertion of the white house since day one of the investigation that they would fully co-operate. So why aren't they?

If they were, Fitzgerald would have known that the identity of Mrs. Plame was leaked prior to Libby talking with Miller. Mr. Fitzgerald would not then have stated in his press conference regarding the indictment of Mr. Libby that the first known leaker was Mr. Libby.

Yet the white house on a daily basis asserts that everybody is fully cooperating with the special counsel. It is obvious that Scooter Libby did not do so, as clearly shown from the indictment. And now, it is clear that at least one other official is not cooperating as well.

Mr. Fitzgerald said that his investigation of the matter should have been concluded in October of 2004, and that only Judy Millers refusal to provide testimony delayed the investigation. I think now it is clear that this would be an extremely charitable reading of the case at this point. Not only is it Millers refusal to testify, it is the stonewall of this administration, despite their continual protests to the contrary, that has hindered the investigation. I know, I know... you are finding it simply impossible to believe that the administration is not being entirely truthful when they make their claims. *snark*

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