Let me see:
Nagging at me - did the Times/WaPo/APp even mention that Ms. Plame is engaged in a civil suit against the objects of her testimony? Does anyone else think that maybe that gives her a bit of an incentive to shade her testimony?
I think the suit gets tossed, but she also needs to testify to promote her book and movie.
OK, I had a brilliant insight, but its gone.
Let me start it up - if that was Waxman's idea of an a**-kicking, I volunteer for one a day and two on Saturday - he brought nothing.
Was Ms. Plame covert - anyone who follows the case knows he waltzed around that.
Rove and Miers discuss firing 93 US attorneys.
Rove and Miers than bring the idea to Bush; Bush asks Rove to send an email to DoJ.
Rove then invites the DoJ rep to the White House for a meeting, and introduces him at the meeting.
Can we all agree that Rove was not involved in the process? Please.
Really Last Bit - the new attack theme, that Bush never had his security team investigate, is more comic gold. IF the White House security team had been overlapping with the FBI investigation, Waxman would have screamed about obstruction and cover-up and insisted that the White House stand back and let the pros do it. Well, if the other side is scraping that far under the barrel, they must be suffering. As a bit of nostalgia, this old post from Oct 2003 is close to the point; this old story with Chuck Schumer squawking that the White House counsel was coordinating compliance with the DoJ document request is also on point:
"I am very troubled by the fact that the White House counsel seems to be a gatekeeper, and I want to know what precautions Justice is taking to ensure that it gets all relevant information from the administration," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
At least one Democratic lawmaker expressed misgivings about the process.
See, he would not have been troubled if the White House had announced that their internal security team was running the investigation. Oh, not at all.
MORE: David Corn is embarrassing himself and annoying me:
Okay, can we finally get rid of one of the Libby Lobby's key talking points--that Valerie Plame Wilson was not an undercover CIA employee? This should be one outcome of the House oversight and government reform committee hearing on Friday, at which Valerie Wilson spoke for the first time at length about the leak case.
Kidding? I'm still waiting even for Waxman to tell me the opinion of the CIA Counsel as to whether she had "covert" status under the IIPA. Still waiting...
As to whether she had classified status - Fitzgerald said so in October 2005 when he indicted Libby - I don't have any reason to doubt him, but we all know that "classified" is not the end of the story.
Corn also semi-addresses the question of whether Valerie was involved in sending Joe without ever mentioning the trial testimony of Grenier or Martin (who described her information from CIA press flack Bill Harlow.) Weak and dishonest. But a hero to the left!