Waxman Caught Toensing Lying Under Oath. Why Wasn’t There ‘Film At Eleven’?
Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 17, 2007
In the first post-Waxman-hearing commentary up at Fire Dog Lake (for which I guest post), Jane Hamsher stated the following (emphases mine):
Toensing’s testimony was rife with what could charitably be considered “inaccuracies.” She claimed knowledge of Plame’s status she freely admitted she could not have had, having not spoken to either the CIA nor Plame on the topic, and she also claimed that Grenier had given her name as Valerie Plame (he hadn’t). Waxman seemed to be aware of this as he closed out the proceedings, thanking the administration’s spokesman (and ComPost contributor) for her time, promising that her statements would be fact checked. I’m sure Marcy will be doing much the same here tonight.
And frequent DKos diarist and FDL commenter litigatormom has her own commentary over at Daily Kos on why Victoria Toensing is not just a bad liar, but a bad lawyer as well.
It was fun watching Toensing blanch when Waxman told her that her testimony would be fact-checked. Waxman made it perfectly clear that he had no time for her nonsense, then gave her a final, elegant stab to let her evade being brought up on perjury charges — if she was willing to “correct” her lies. Now she’s caught between two fires: Admit she lied, or face perjury charges.
It’s fascinating that something that was nearly as big news as the hearing itself would be all but ignored by the mainstream press. Yet the accounts I’ve seen barely mention Toensing’s presence, much less her lying under oath.
Gee, I wonder why. Could it be that the GOP/Media Complex is too busy sticking shivs in Valerie Plame’s back to actually do any real reporting?
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