Sunday, October 02, 2005

Source Tells Stephanopoulos That Bush, Cheney "Actually Involved" in Plamegate Scandal

On today's edition of ABC’s This Week, host George Stephanopoulos dropped this potential bombshell on Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's investigaiton into the unmasking of CIA operative Valerie Plame (Click here to watch the video):

STEPHANOPOULOS: Definitely a political problem but I wonder, George Will, do you think it’s a manageable one for the White House especially if we don’t know whether Fitzgerald is going to write a report or have indictments but if he is able to show as a source close to this told me this week, that President Bush and Vice President Cheney were actually involved in some of these discussions.

As the Center for American Progress notes: This would explain why Bush spent more than an hour answering questions from Fitzgerald. It would also fundamentally change the dynamics of the scandal. President Bush could no longer claim he was merely a bystander who wants to "get to the bottom of it."

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If the source is correct, and Fitzgerald can prove as much, then a Nixon-style impeachment would seem likely. Of course, that's an enormous if.

I'm skeptical. With all the reporters covering this story, what are the odds that such a bombshell gets dropped via a casual mention on a Sunday talk show?

Of course, that Stephanopolous once worked in the Clinton Administration will probably lead most conservatives to dismiss the story outright.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not think that the fact that Stephanopolous mentioned it will be the reason it is questioned and/or discredited. I think the fact that it is yet another damning quote from an un-named or anonyomous source will do that. How many of these quotes, that always seem to create some kind of buzz, have actually played themselves out as being true?

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