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Pre-Emptive War Against Patrick Fitzgerald

Huffington Post
By Congressman John Conyers

As if spin and character attacks were a viable justification for a massive breach of national security, Republicans have already decided to smear Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald rather than take responsibility for their own misdeeds. Prevailing wisdom expects grand jury indictments to be issued this week. Any criminal charges will likely reach deep into the White House.

Over the weekend, the GOP spin machine gave us a preview of what we can expect from the Republican Party when we finally learn who outed CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson.

The New York Times reports that "allies of the White House suggested Sunday that they intended to pursue a strategy of attacking any criminal charges as a disagreement over legal technicalities or the product of an overzealous prosecutor" and that, in what appears to be a coordinated Congressional and White House attack, "allies of the White House have quietly been circulating talking points in recent days among Republicans sympathetic to the administration, seeking to help them make the case that bringing charges like perjury mean the prosecutor does not have a strong case."

Before the Congress and the American people can consider the possibility of a White House cover up, it will have to penetrate the smokescreen of character assassination and RNC talking points. This sort of misdirection is nothing new to this White House. The weapons they will use will be the same used to defame Ambassador Joe Wilson; in the words of a Republican Congressional aide months ago, "it's slime and defend."

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson was tapped to test drive the strategy on this weekend's edition of "Meet the Press." As if insider trading were at all comparable to alleged treason, Senator Hutchinson attempted to draw parallels between the Fitzgerald investigation and the Martha Stewart trial: mere perjury under oath shouldn't really bring criminal sanctions, she argued, "where they couldn't find a crime and they indict on something that she said about something that wasn't a crime." Senator Hutchinson further expressed her hope that the grand jury would not "go to something just to show that their two years of investigation was not a waste of time and taxpayer dollars."

Much like the war in Iraq and the clumsy smear of Joe Wilson, the campaign against Patrick Fitzgerald appears doomed from the outset. First and foremost, if the grand jury does choose to bring indictments, neither Senator Hutchinson and her band of White House apologists nor the general public yet know what the scope of those indictments will be. It is quite possible that Patrick Fitzgerald could indict under the Espionage Act, which makes it a crime to disclose classified information to someone not authorized to received it. The smear artists are already arguing about technicalities-as if perjury under oath were somehow not criminal behavior. Is espionage enough of a crime for Senator Hutchinson? Is conspiracy? Is outright treason?

If senior White House advisors are, in fact, charged with perjuring themselves, why isn't that enough for Republicans? It was enough for Senator Hutchinson to vote to remove President Clinton from office, when she said "Lying is a moral wrong. Perjury is a lie told under oath that is legally wrong....[t]o say otherwise would be to severely lower the moral and legal standards of accountability that are imposed on ordinary citizens every day. The same standard should be imposed on our leaders....I will not compromise this simple but high moral principle..." The American people are simply smarter than Senator Hutchinson gives them credit-we remember the high moral principles brought to bare against the Clinton Administration. We will not be fooled by terms like "perjury technicality."

What about President Bush, whose Administration is being so disingenuously defended? When the story first broke, the President told the nation: "If there's a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. And if the person has violated the law, the person will be taken care of." The President did not make a distinction between some crimes and other crimes.

And how do those who claim Patrick Fitzgerald is an overzealous prosecutor reconcile that view with the statements made by the President they so ruthlessly seek to protect? Not one week ago, President Bush again addressed the country: "The special prosecutor is conducting a very serious investigation. He's doing it in a very dignified way, by the way, and we'll see what he says."

The American public should be outraged-not surprised, but truly indignant-if the grand jury has uncovered evidence that the advisors closest to the President placed politics and petty revenge over national security. Time will tell. The only certainty, it seems, is that Republican leaders are less willing to confront the facts on the ground then they are to smear the character of a decent and dedicated public servant.


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Would someone ask Hutchinson: Where in the constitution does it say that only Republican politicians are above the law? When did it become honorable to defend liars of the public trust? Why does the Republican Party want to be the party of smear artists and liars? Where is their virtue....or is only the party of morals because they oppose abortion and gays?

Thank goodness America still has this champion in the US Congress. Rep. John Conyers you are the light and the way in America. Stand up America and support Rep. John Conyers. Send money, letters, e-mails whatever you can every week and prove to this great American among us that he is not alone holding up the bar of intergrity, truth and justice to the extraordinary heights that it must be for We The People. Rep. John Conyers you are my hero.

Respectfully yours,
Thomas Vacanti
3967 Cumberland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Dear Senator Hutchison,

Did you possibly have an "apparent failure of memory" of what you said in 1999 REGARDING THE IMPEACHMENT OF BILL CLINTON or is it just that YOU ARE SO PATHETICALLY PARTISAN OR MAYBE A “FLIP FLOPPER? “

The "CIA Outing of Valerie Plame" is not a "technicality!" Outing a covert- CIA operative is treason and it has "blown the cover" of a whole world-wide CIA operation now making nearly impossible to recruit new CIA operatives world wide since "No One Can Trust The U.S. Government Anymore!" WE ARE NOW LESS SAFE THAN BEFORE 9-11 !!

The GOP seems to think that the only 2 Moral Issues are "Abortion and Gay Marriage." So tell me Senator Hutchison what makes the following MORAL:

1. Lying to take the U.S. To War in Iraq?
"Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." is a coalition of veterans' groups, peace groups, and political activist groups, which launched on May 26, 2005, a campaign to urge the U.S. Congress to begin a formal investigation into whether President Bush has committed impeachable offenses in connection with the Iraq war. More About Us....

2. Killing over 2000 U.S. Soldiers, 1000's of Iraqi Citizens, not to include the soldiers who were wounded and later died (not reported) which probably is now between 6000-8000 dead soldiers that have come through Dover Air Force Base ....ALL OVER A LIE ????

3. Slander and “Character Assasination

You'd think that with a Bush approval rating in the 30's these corporate whores masquerading as public servants would start to get the mesage that the country is waking up and quickly tiring of their bullshit.

You got that Ms. Hutchinson? You and all your evil neocon co-conspirators can all go on the Fox "News" Channel and whine about "the criminalization of politics" all you want. We're not buyin' it.

What we really have here is the Bush cabal politicizing criminal acts and trying to get away with it.

No more.

The spin machine has spun out, Ms. Hutchinson, and although it may have taken longer than many of us would have liked, the majority of Americans now knows it. We're tired of all you self-serving Washington scumbags fucking with our country and we're taking it back.

And here's to you, Mr. Conyers, for being one of the precious few good apples. Please keep up the great work.

John Perry

What is going on in the WH and the Republican Congess is reminding me more and more of a grade school playground where the teacher and principal have caught the playground bullies red-handed doing their mischief. And the playground bullies, backed into the bathroom, franticly pointing fingers and accusing any and all, but themselves of the mess they've brought on themselves. The only real difference is the magnitude of the offence: it is no longer lies to provoke a fight but lies to provoke a war - no longer stealing the ball from the kids playing 4 square, but stealing jobs, health-care, security from the people trying just to make a living wage. They've been caught and are scrambling to get free... it ain't gonna happen!


Will someone nominate Patrick Fitzgerald for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize?

(I pray the Iraq adventure will be over by then, thanks to him.)

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