A few days ago, Mike Tomasky wrote what a lot of us were thinking — can we please get past Libby and take a look at all the other players in this sordid drama, the ones the jurors were practically begging to try. It’s partially an instinct to nail Rove and Cheney for their role in the leak (even the jury knew Libby was the “fall guy”), but also a desire to use the Plame affair as a way into examining all the lies, corruptions, and malfeasance that led us to war.
Well, god bless Henry Waxman, because he heard our prayers both silent and vocal. In hearings that could begin as early as next week, Waxman will use the power of his House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee to fully flesh out every administration member’s role in the Plame case. Possible witnesses include Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson, Patrick Fitzgerald, and Dick Cheney himself. (As of now, that’s all speculation.)
And FYI – You can find the “Plamegate” portion of the Iraq War Timeline here.