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When last we left our villain, Karl Rove, he was facing public exposure at the hands of Lawrence O’Donnell for being the source behind the outing of Valerie Plame. Meanwhile, conservative wonks in the Wall Street Journal were attempting to grind prosecutor Fitzgerald’s ass into raw meat:

It may be that he too has concluded that talking to the press is no crime, in which case he may by now only be pursuing a perjury rap against the leaker. If that’s true, Mr. Fitzgerald will have earned a place in the Overzealous Hall of Fame.

Well, let’s say they’re right, and it’s not absolutely clear according to the 1982 statute that the outing of Plame was, in fact, a crime.

Lying under oath most certainly is. And it looks like Fitzgerald may be preparing a case against Rove for perjury before the grand jury.

OH THANK YOU, THANK YOU SWEET BABY JESUS MARY MOTHER OF BILL FUCKING O’REILLY ON THE CROSS

I want to fall to my knees and weep, weep for the pure Shakespearean symmetry of it all…

The vault of heaven, full of soft, shining stars, stretched vast and fathomless above him. The Milky Way ran in two palestreams from the zenith to the horizon. The fresh, motionless, still night enfolded the earth. The white towers and golden domes of the cathedral gleamed out against the sapphire sky. The gorgeous autumn flowers, in the beds round the house, were slumbering till morning. The silence of earth seemed to melt into the silence of the heavens. The mystery of earth was one with the mystery of the stars….

I would like to take the opportunity to travel back to that OTHER case in recent history where no crime was, in fact, found to have been committed, that little incident called Whitewater, past the steaming pile of hypocritical human offal named Bob Barr, and right to the comments by several members of Congress who remain who collectively concluded that lying to a grand jury rose to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors and demanded both swift and draconian action:

Bill Frist (R-TN): To not remove President Clinton for grand jury perjury lowers uniquely the Constitution’s removal standard, and thus requires less of the man who appoints all federal judges than we require of those judges themselves.

I will have no part in the creation of a constitutional double-standard to benefit the President. He is not above the law. If an ordinary citizen committed these crimes, he would go to jail.

Lindsey Graham: Should he be impeached? Very quickly; the hardest decision I think I will ever make. Learning that the president lied to the grand jury about sex, I still believe that every president of the United States, regardless of the matter they called to testify about before a grand jury should testify truthfully and if they don’t they should be subject to losing their job.

I believe that about Bill Clinton and I’ll believe that about the next president. If it had been a Republican, I would have still believed that and I would hope that if a Republican person had done all this that some of us would’ve went (sic) over and told him, You need to leave office.

Henry Hyde (R-ILL, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee): But when circumstances require you to participate in a formal court proceeding and under oath mislead the parties and the court by lying, that is a public act and deserves public sanction. Perjury is a crime with a five-year penalty.

James Sensenbrenner: (R-WI): What is on trial here is the truth and the rule of law. Our failure to bring President Clinton to account for his lying under oath and preventing the courts from administering equal justice under law, will cause a cancer to be present in our society for generations. I want those parents who ask me the questions, to be able to tell their children that even if you are president of the United States, if you lie when sworn “to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth,” you will face the consequences of that action, even when you don’t accept the responsibility for them.

Chuck Hagel (R-NB): There can be no shading of right and wrong. The complicated currents that have coursed through this impeachment process are many. But after stripping away the underbrush of legal technicalities and nuance, I find that the President abused his sacred power by lying and obstructing justice. How can parents instill values and morality in their children? How can educators teach our children? How can the rule of law for every American be applied equally if we have two standards of justice in America–one for the powerful and the other for the rest of us?

Mitch McConnell (R-KY): Perjury and obstruction hammer away at the twin pillars of our legal system: truth and justice. Every witness in every deposition is required to raise his or her right hand and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help them God. Every witness in every grand jury proceeding and in every trial is required to raise his or her right hand and swear to tell the truth. Every official declaration filed with the court is stamped with the express affirmation that the declaration is true. In the words of our nation’s first Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Jay: `if oaths should cease to be held sacred, our dearest and most valuable rights would become insecure.’

(emphasis mine)

As someone who is still choking on the bile that came up over a bunch of sanctimonious old hacks hijacking the constitution and sitting in judgment of Bill Clinton, I would personally like to invite every one of them to dine on a delightful repast of their own words.

If revenge is a dish best served cold, you better eat fast, you bastards. This one’s heating up.

P.S. Oh, NYT, WaPo? You got scooped by the fucking McLaughlin Group. You should all be disembowling yourselves in shame.

(photo via Alternate Brain)

(passage above from The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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