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2005

Perks of a one-party town

Tom Paine
by David Corn

08/04/05

Ahhh, the benefits of a one-party town. For the party in charge, that is -- not the citizens. Consider this. Senior White House aides leak classified information to discredit a policy critic -- an action that may have imperiled important anti-WMD operations of the CIA -- and Congress doesn't bother to investigate. In fact, Sen. Pat Roberts, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has said he would investigate special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's inquiry, rather than the initial wrongdoing (which may or may not be a crime). Why are no congressional GOPers publicly upset about the Plame/CIA leak? Could it be that the leaks were committed by fellow Republicans? Capitol Hill Republicans cannot argue that Congress should not investigate the leaks because a special prosecutor is already probing the matter. During the Whitewater days, Republicans routinely investigated issues being scrutinized by an independent counsel. No, it's duck and cover (up)...

//www.tompaine.com/articles/20050804/perks_of_a_oneparty_town.php


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