Plame Attorney to Use Paula Jones Precedent to Force Cheney to Testify

The biggest travesty wrought by the Supreme Court in the 1990s was its unanimous decision that Paula Jones could sue Pres. Clinton while he was in office. (This was followed by their biggest travesty perhaps ever but certainly of the millenial decade, in December 2000, when they voted along party lines to give George W. Bush the presidency over Al Gore.)

But
here is how the worm might turn:

In 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a unanimous ruling that neither Clinton “or any other official has an immunity that extends beyond the scope of any action taken in an official capacity.”

A lawyer plans to use a legal precedent that allowed President Bill Clinton to be sued while in office to force Vice President Dick Cheney and presidential adviser Karl Rove to testify in a lawsuit brought by former CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband.

California attorney Joseph Cotchett said he will ask a federal court to order Cheney, his ex-chief of staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby and Rove to testify in depositions about their role in disclosing her classified status.

The civil lawsuit accuses them and others of conspiring to publicly identify Plame as a CIA agent to punish her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, for writing in an op-ed piece that the Bush administration twisted intelligence about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the Iraq war.

Cotchett, who took over as trial counsel in Plame’s case on Tuesday, said legal precedent for whether Cheney and the others could claim legal immunity in the case comes, in part, from Paula Jones’ sexual harassment case against Clinton.

In 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a unanimous ruling that neither Clinton “or any other official has an immunity that extends beyond the scope of any action taken in an official capacity.”

In order to be dismissed from the case or avoid testifying, Cotchett said, lawyers for Cheney and the other men would have to argue that they were acting on government business if they are found to have leaked Plame’s name to the media.

Federal law makes it a crime to knowingly reveal the identity of a covert agent.

4 Comments

  • Stephen Kriz
    August 16, 2006 - 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Those who live by the sword, die by the sword…

  • John Kemp
    August 30, 2006 - 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Greetings,

    I’m so confused. You liberals wanted to hang (1) Scooter Libbey, (2) Karl Rove, (3) Dick Cheney and (4) George Bush for “outing” Secret Agent Woman Valerie Pflame. Now that we know Richard Armitage is the treasonous villain who committed this devilish act, where is your lynch party?

    I’m so pleased at your sincere concern and respect for the CIA, and I know you truly want the best for its future. Whre can I send a contribution to pay for the wood and matches to burn Armitage at the stake?

    Man, it’s so quiet out there!

    John Kemp

  • BrendanOMaidian
    November 15, 2006 - 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Kemp forgets that the vermin who sits above all of those named above, is none other than gwbush. Talk about “treasonous villains,” gw is the one who should be sued and viewed as the true tyrant over all that has happened since his coven of thugs took over the country, illegally, in 2000. Like the vampire he is, gw went from signing death warrants every other week as Texas guv, to allowing the deaths of 9/11, and the wars he lied us into, resulting in more killing of our troops and innocent Iraqi “collateral damage.”
    Mr. Kemp, you, sir, are quite stupid, so you are partially forgiven.
    Please make reservations for: Ground Zero Multi-Executions of Traitors Event. No, matches or wood needed, Thermate will be used again. Maybe you could be the keeper of the Plame.

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