We now see the beginnings of how the Republican Party will try to spin possible coming indictments against Bush administration officials in the Valerie Plame case.
Based on comments by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson on Meet The Press this weekend, the Republican Party is poised to minimize any indictments on perjury or obstruction of justice as just a "technicality."
"I certainly hope that if there is going to be an indictment that says something happened, that it is an indictment on a crime and not some perjury technicality where they couldn't indict on the crime so they go to something just to show that their two years of investigation were not a waste of time and dollars."
Let me see if I can wrap my brain around this. Multiple articles of impeachment were passed against President William Jefferson Clinton for lying about a consensual sexual affair.
From Article One of the impeachment of President William Jefferson Clinton:
"On August 17, 1998, William Jefferson Clinton swore to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth before a Federal grand jury of the United States. Contrary to that oath, William Jefferson Clinton willfully provided perjurious, false and misleading testimony to the grand jury concerning one or more of the following: (1) the nature and details of his relationship with a subordinate Government employee; (2) prior perjurious, false and misleading testimony he gave in a Federal civil rights action brought against him; (3) prior false and misleading statements he allowed his attorney to make to a Federal judge in that civil rights action; and (4) his corrupt efforts to influence the testimony of witnesses and to impede the discovery of evidence in that civil rights action."
Yet the Republicans are already signaling that they will NOT consider it a serious offense, but just a "techicality" if Bush administration officials are indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in the outing of a covert CIA operative with unofficial cover.
You gotta love the Republican's values: lying about a consensual sexual affair between two adults is very bad. Lying about your role in the outing of a covert CIA official, which damaged our national security, is no problem at all.