NOTHING BUT FAIR GAME... 8/21/10
Oddly enough the Clemens case will be heard by none other than Judge Reggie Walton, famous for the presiding over the trial of Scooter Libby (and the anthrax defamation case brought by scientist Steven Hatfill). So as we watch the unfolding wrath of Waxman on Clemens it might be fun to review the Plame testimony, also given to the Waxman court.
While the Senate Intelligence Cmte had previously found that her husband Joe Plame had lied, Valerie's testimony was also ambiguous regards the central question of 'who sent Joe'..
“Friday was the first time we have ever heard that story,” Sen. Bond said in a statement to National Review Sunday evening. “Obviously if we had, we would have included it in the report. If Ms. Wilson’s memory of events has improved and she would now like to change her testimony, I’m sure the committee staff would be happy to re-interview her.”Senator Bond suggested these disparities be investigated but of course Washington was too drunk on Dem koolaid and revenge, and so they decided to move on.
For those who followed the Senate investigation, the young-junior-officer story was not the only surprise in Mrs. Wilson’s House testimony. In addition to saying that her office received a call from the vice president’s office, Mrs. Wilson flatly denied playing a role in choosing her husband for the trip to Niger. “I did not recommend him. I did not suggest him,” she testified. The Senate Intelligence Committee report, which concluded that she had indeed suggested her husband for the trip, was simply wrong, Mrs. Wilson testified. In particular, what she called a “quick e-mail” describing her husband’s qualifications for the trip was “taken out of context” by the committee to “make it seem as though I had suggested or recommended him.”
And by doing nothing the narrative remains. Democrat backers Plame and Wilson, already the focus of one movie, are now the focus of yet another strategically-timed Hollywood policy flick starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, the trailer of which makes Plame look like 007. Meanwhile Clemens may serve time, just like Judy Miller. No, the game isn't always fair.