Valerie Plame Wilson, outed CIA agent, to testify before Oversight Committee
Valerie Plame Wilson, the former covert Central Intelligence Agency officer whose "outing" resulted in a major criminal investigation targeting White House officials, will testify before a Congressional committee on Friday, March 16.
Rep. Henry Waxman will lead a hearing of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform on "whether White House officials followed appropriate procedures for safeguarding the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson," according to a statement at the committee's website. Plame Wilson will be one of the witnesses.
The notice also states that other expert witnesses will be joining the former CIA officer and discussing "the disclosure and internal White House security procedures for protecting her identity from disclosure and responding to the leak after it occurred."
Waxman's office also posted a letter in which he praised Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald, who successfully prosecuted top White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, and asked him to appear before the committee.
"Congress has a responsibility to examine the policy and accountability questions that your investigation has raised. As a result of your investigation, you have a singular understanding of the facts and their implications that bear directly on the issues before Congress," Waxman wrote.
He then asked Fitzgerald to meet with him and Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), the ranking minority member of the committee, to "discuss the possibility of testifying before the Committee and other means by which you can inform the Committee about your views and the insights you obtained during the course of your investigation."
Fitzgerald's office could not be immediately reached by RAW STORY to say whether or not the US Attorney would accept the invitation.
Waxman noted in his letter that grand jury secrecy could prevent information gathered by Fitzgerald's investigation from public release.
When the Special Counsel was asked after Tuesday's four guilty verdicts if he would share information with Congress, he said only, "We will do what's appropriate."
A transcript of an MSNBC broadcast on the subject is quoted below.
HOST: There's a lot of talk, especially in the immediate aftermath of the Scooter Libby verdict about whether or not Congress would go back to the question of, "How did we get here?" Now Henry Waxman is saying there will be at least one hearing, right?
REPORTER: That's right. This is one advantage to Democrats - of being in the majority -- they hold those committee gavels and they can keep an issue like this alive through the use of committee hearings and that's what Henry Waxman is going to do. He just announced he will have hearings featuring testimony of Valerie Plame Wilson herself and plans to talk to Patrick Fitzgerald about the possibility of his testimony although with motions and appeals likely to be coming from Scooter Libby and his lawyers so that appears unlikely at this moment but the House Government Reform Committee led be Henry Waxman will begin hearings, Chris.