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McClellan to Testify Before House Judiciary Committee

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Posted on Jun 9, 2008
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Scott McClellan is making an important stop on Capitol Hill as he continues his book tour to tout that obscure memoir he wrote about being Bush’s press secretary. According to The Huffington Post, McClellan has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee about the Valerie Plame identity leak case and possibly other entries in the list of Bush’s Greatest Hits during McClellan’s time as presidential spokesman.


Sam Stein in The Huffington Post:

The date on the invitation, June 20, was set in advance to accommodate McClellan’s schedule, the official said.

McClellan will be the highest-ranking Bush administration official to be pressed by Congress on the Plame affair. Former Bush strategist Karl Rove has refused to testify, citing executive privilege.

And as such, the testimony could be extremely revealing. According to McClellan, the decision to leak Plame’s covert identity emanated from the very top of the Bush White House. The move, he wrote, was politically motivated, as officials were peeved at the critical statements about Iraq coming from Plame’s husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson. While McClellan said that the president was ultimately misled by his advisers on the matter, he asserted that the episode itself was a stain on the Oval Office - one that led to his disillusionment.

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By Brusays, June 10, 2008 at 6:40 pm Link to this comment
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JBlack,

It warms my heart to know that we liberals crack you up and bring you grins and giggles.

But wait…we have even more to say - and these gems should have you falling off your chair!

1. This administration lied its way into a useless war that has cost us almost 4100 military deaths and untold civilian deaths in Iraq. Oh, I can almost hear your chuckles from here!
2. This administration’s war is costing us taxpayers about $12 billion each month. (Hard to keep from laughing about that, eh?)
3. Here’s another side-splitter: As a nation we don’t even come close to making the top-ten list in such hilariously unimportant issues as infant mortality, literacy and overall health care access.
4. Still standing? We’re facing a record debt of $9.3 TRILLION. Ah…I KNEW that one would work.

When you pick yourself up off the floor we liberals have even more to bring you those grins and giggles! Why, we haven’t even touched on the cost of gasoline, the housing crisis, our country’s loss of respect among other world nations, the faltering stock market, and our decaying infrastructure!

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By Louise, June 10, 2008 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment

The Kucinich legislation calling for Impeachment of George W. Bush is being read on the floor of the House for the second time.

The bill may be voted on as early as tomorrow, Wednesday.

It is vital you get an e-mail off to your representative right now. And to the House Judiciary Committee. And in the morning phone your representatives office.

Members of the House of Representatives MUST vote on this. It is imperative we clearly see where they stand. They will resist this, we can not allow this indifference to accountability to go on.

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By Chris Horton, June 10, 2008 at 4:04 pm Link to this comment

JBlack,

I don’t know what people mean by the Liberal Media.  As contrasted to the shock jocks?  But liberal or not, I have been amazed by what I have found when I use news.yahoo.com or news.google.com to find out who is covering what.  Over and over, at least several times a week, stories that are inconvenient to those committed to maintaining the status quo are absolutely shut out of the major media, including the New York Times, PBS and NPR, right along with FOX, the Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune. 

Stories killed in just the last few weeks include Ron Paul winning 26% of the vote in the Oregon Republican Primary, being his best showing yet; the anti-war platform of the newly-nominated Libertarian candidate Bob Barr; Vladimir Putin’s statement that Iran is not building nuclear weapons; Ralph Nader declaring for impeachment of Bush; Obama declaring that he will review all of Bush’s executive orders and signing statements and remove those that are unconstitutional; the House’s vote to ban Pentagon propaganda; and now Kucinich introducing 35 Articles of Impeachment and calling on the Judiciary Committee to act. In each case the story was at least carried by European wire services, and in most of these cases the story was picked up by media across Europe, yet each received shockingly little coverage in the States.  My cousins in Germany know more about what is going on in the States than do most Americans, without really trying!

You may argue that what Nader and Kucinich, Ron Paul and Barr say and do is irrelevant and therefore it is natural for the media to ignore them, but isn’t it possible that they appear “irrelevant” precisely because they don’t have access through the media to the people?  That’s a kind of chicken-and-egg argument.

Liberal or Conservative? That I think is not the right dichotomy.  It is rather between those media that are in on the game of fixing the news and those that aren’t.  Establishment/Independent?  Pro or anti Empire?  Corporate and non-Corporate media? None of these seems perfect.  I think the matter of what to call this spectrum is open to debate.  But if NPR and the New York Times are liberal then it is certainly not a liberal/conservative split.

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By Sleeper, June 10, 2008 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment

As a possible new regime rises to challenge the defenders of a force that has been within the U.S. Government for some time, the change we are promised will be exposed.  Our dilemma is greater then impeachment of our Executive Duo.

Support for Impeachment is an indicator of character.  We have a series of Crimes that have been committed “In Secret”.  We as a nation have become our own enemy.  How do we deal with that?  Lines have to be drawn.  What have been crimes of the Union of our States and what are crimes of private individuals acting in secret.

We need healing.  We must regain the Honor that has been stripped from us by the actions of these private interests acting within our Government.  Our Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed by men of Honor.  The Constitution was drafted and voted on by men of Honor.  It’s Ratification, was again voted on by more men of Honor within our States.

These crimes were orchestrated and acted on by men and women who lack Honor.  They are higher then crimes against our Union of States, higher then crimes against the People.  They have resulted in International War Crimes.  They have resulted in a War of Aggression.

Impeachment can put our Union of States into a position where it can redeem itself.  These crimes must be answered to reclaim our Honor.  As long as our government refuses to police itself it will remain something less then Honorable.

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By Don Stivers, June 10, 2008 at 11:36 am Link to this comment

Do we really think anything will come of McClellan’s testimony to Congress.  Oh, we will see serious looking faces but does anyone believe something like JUSTICE will come of the testimony?

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By Louise, June 10, 2008 at 9:14 am Link to this comment

To one and all, a big thanks!

Purple Girl:

“Hail Rep Dennis Kucinich - spending an ungodly amount of time going through ALL 35 Counts of Impeachable actions committed by this Administration.

Now that he has Done this regarding Both Cheney and Bush- on the official record (but once again Intentionally ignored By the Media..Et Tu Truthdig?) He can begin to focus on the Co conspirators and Enablers in both Houses who have just as Much Blood and Mud on their hands as the WH.”

Chris Horton:

“If you agree that this story should be out there, and you’re sick and tired of having the media barons tell you what news you can see, look it up on the CBS site, cut and paste it, and email it to your address list, with the heading News Chain Alert, Please Forward! Let it spread across the Internet!”

***

Around 4:30 this morning, right between weather & traffic, and a new plan to fight fat, my local FOX affiliate gave a one-line report about Senator Kucinich calling for the Impeachment of Bush. That was the first I heard, because I don’t watch cable news networks, and last night I didn’t watch any news. The placement and time probably guaranteed that few if any heard or saw it, but at least they covered their ass by saying they reported it.

cyrena:

“Indeed, Scotty may very well be the card that brings the house down. Who’d a thunk it?”

***

Mainstremmedias refusal to admit they’ve done a lousy job covering the criminal administration for the past seven years, has led them, in a most cowardly fashion, to try and discredit McClellan. Which is certainly one, if not the main reason thy have been and will continue to be silent on his testimony and the Impeachment issue.  To acknowledge wrong doing is to acknowledge their own guilt. How soon will that happen? McClellan has more guts in his pinky finger than they collectively have in their entire empire! Maybe we ought to write a few letters to the editor and let them know that.

kimba:

“I only hope nothing happens to Mr. McClellan on his way to the hearing…

he is a good man, redeeming his soul and all, the timing may be a little off but better late than never, as the saying goes.”

***

It is NEVER too late for the truth. And there is no Statute of Limitation on murder.

And yes, be careful Mr. McClellan!

PatrickHenry:

Thanks for the email re-print. Now we all need to get busy and let the Judiciary committee and our own respective Senators and Representative know how we feel. I know mine will be expecting to hear from me. smile

Caring American:

“Anything short of Bush and/or Cheney admitting they lied about 9/11 and/or the Iraq War is a complete waste of time. Not one person in DC has the cahunes to put any of those criminals on trial and in jail. FACT!!!”

***

Possibly, but just the same, get the word out and let your congress creatures know, you KNOW, with a gentle reminder they may lose their respective seats. Of course Bush and/or Cheney will never admit they lied. Criminals rarely ever admit their crimes. That’s why we have trials and that’s why we have a move to impeach [thank you Kucinich] which is a call for a trial.

Purple Girl asked,  Et Tu Truthdig? Well if truthdig chooses not to feature this call for a trial of the administration, there’s no reason we cant all mention it at every opportunity. ‘Sides, there’s always the possibility they cant find the story in any news source to re-print. Guess they’ll just have to write it themselves. Till then we can do it ...

americahappens1

Keep on keepen on.

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By elwood p.dowd, June 10, 2008 at 5:10 am Link to this comment
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And guess what will come out of these election year, bogus committee hearings?  Nada. Zilch. Zero.  More election year smoke from a worthless ,do-nothing Congress.

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By Purple Girl, June 10, 2008 at 4:41 am Link to this comment

Scotty’s assertions amount to trying to save W from the indictmenst working their way down the Gaunlet called Congress.
Hail Rep Dennis Kucinich - spending an ungodly amount of time going through ALL 35 Counts of Impeachable actions committed by this Adminstration.
Now that he has Done this regarding Both Cheney and Bush- on the official record (but once again Intentionally ignored By the Media..Et Tu Truthdig?) He can begin to focus on the Co conspirators and Enablers in both Houses who have just as Much Blood and Mud on their hands as the WH.
Both the Media and Congress (less the Few with Real Balls- Kucinich,Wexler,Conyers) are Still Blowing Smoke Up our Asses.The Buck Stopped at W’s Desk , but it worked its greasly little self throughout his admisntration, congress and boardrooms.
Ineptitude is Not an excuse- plus it hold NO Water. If you didn’t know, then it is because You turned a blind Eye intentionally-Dereliction of Duty.We need to not only lop the head of the Corp Beast in the Excustive Branch but also the appendages in Congress,SCOTUS.W wanted to be the Decider- so he gets the Full force of Our Blame. No Excues, No Free Pass, No Mercy! Smae goes for the Rest of the Co conspirators

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By Chris Horton, June 10, 2008 at 3:40 am Link to this comment

Yesterday Representative Dennis Kucinich introduced and read into the Congressional Record 32 Articles of Impeachment against President Bush.  The story was carried by the wire services.  CBS has it on its website but there is no indication that it was aired.  Yahoo News, the Detroit Free Press and two local TV stations picked it up and the St. Louis Post Dispatch gave it one sentence.  That’s it!

If you agree that this story should be out there, and you’re sick and tired of having the media barons tell you what news you can see, look it up on the CBS site, cut and paste it, and email it to your address list, with the heading News Chain Alert, Please Forward! Let it spread across the Internet!

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By cyrena, June 9, 2008 at 7:15 pm Link to this comment

Patrick Henry,

Thanks very much for posting this letter from Wexler.

Indeed, Scotty may very well be the card that brings the house down. Who’d a thunk it?

Hard to believe he could ever get to Cheney, but hey..I’ll take whatever we can get.

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By kimba, June 9, 2008 at 5:50 pm Link to this comment

I only hope nothing happens to Mr. McClellan on his way to the hearing…
he is a good man, redeeming his soul and all, the timing may be a little off but better late than never, as the saying goes.

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By PatrickHenry, June 9, 2008 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment

An email sent to me today:

“Our campaign for accountability for the Bush administration is making legitimate progress.

I am pleased to announce to you that the House Judiciary Committee has met my public call for Scott McClellan’s immediate testimony with action:

Today, Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers officially invited Mr. McClellan to testify under oath on Friday, June 20th at 10AM. 

After all of our hard work pushing for impeachment hearings for Vice President Cheney – the McClellan hearing provides our cause with a legitimate opportunity to showcase the crimes and violations of this Administration for the American people, the mainstream media, reluctant members of the Democratic party, and sensible Republicans. This hearing provides us our first genuine opportunity to enter the public consciousness and change the dynamics that have prevented true accountability for Bush and Cheney.

Mr. McClellan was a major figure in the Valerie Plame/CIA scandal, as well as a leading propagandist for the Bush White House’s deliberate attempts to hide the true costs of this war from the American public.  As such, Mr. McClellan will testify under oath (and be subject to perjury charges should he lie) and be asked about the following matters:


What role did President Bush, Vice President Cheney , and key administration officials take in the effort to reveal the identity of covert CIA agent Valeria Plame Wilson – thus destroying her network and putting lives in jeopardy?

What role did President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and key administration officials take regarding the firing of U.S. Attorneys or political reasons?

What role did President Bush, Vice President Cheney, key administration officials take in conspiring to blatantly break U.S. and International laws prohibiting the use of torture?
I call on Mr. McClellen to immediately accept this invitation and testify under oath as he previously agreed to while being interviewed on national television.

During the hearing I will have roughly five short minutes to question Mr. McClellan and undercover the illegalities committed by this Administration – which is why it is critically important that every representative on the Judiciary Committee hears your voice.  Please let them know that you demand answers to these questions.

Nor should it stop there:  Karl Rove has thumbed his nose to the Judiciary Committee’s subpoena – joining Harriet Miers, Joshua Bolten and Vice President Cheney’s Chief of Staff David Addington as the only Administration officials in history to claim Congress has no power to even bring them before a committee to be questioned.

I have called for Karl Rove to be held in inherent contempt and for the other renegade officials to appear as required by their subpoenas, or be forced to do so by the House Sergeant of Arms.

What the Judiciary’s request of McClellan proves is that if we stay vigilant – if we call loudly and repeatedly for accountability - that we become very difficult to ignore.

Please stay tuned.  I hope for more developments soon”.

With great respect,

Congressman Robert Wexler


I give him my support.

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By PatrickHenry, June 9, 2008 at 4:57 pm Link to this comment

He may be the card which brings the house down.

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By Caring American, June 9, 2008 at 3:59 pm Link to this comment
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Anything short of Bush and/or Cheney admitting they lied about 9/11 and/or the Iraq War is a complete waste of time. Not one person in DC has the cahunes to put any of those criminals on trial and in jail. FACT!!!

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