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Thursday, June 24, 2004  

The Plame Affair Smolders On

The President today gave 70 minutes of his valuable time to federal prosecutors investigating the Valerie Plame leak. This is pretty big news, despite Scott McClellan's equanimity: "No one wants to get to the bottom of this matter more than the president of the United States. [The President] was pleased to share whatever information he had." Rather:

It is extraordinary in itself for a president to be interviewed in connection with an investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing. And 70 minutes is an unusually long segment of time in the schedule of a president, whose movements are typically budgeted minute by minute.

And then there's this: "Jim Sharp, a Washington trial lawyer who was retained recently by Mr. Bush, was also present." You may not recall, after first contacting Sharp, the President claimed he was merely consulting a lawyer to see if he needed a lawyer. Apparently the lawyer advised him he needed a lawyer. It's clearer now why.

posted by Jeff | 12:39 PM |
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