Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Bush/Cheney can be questioned in Plame civil suit

Just a little thought to make you smile a bitter little smile.

In a Bloomberg article exploring the possibility that Darth Cheney himself might be a subject of the Plamegate investigation, reporter Richard Keil closes his story with this little side-note:

In an interview yesterday, [former ambassador Joe] Wilson said that once the criminal questions are settled, he and his wife [Valerie Plame Wilson] may file a civil lawsuit against Bush, Cheney and others seeking damages for the alleged harm done to Plame's career.

If they do so, the current state of the law makes it likely that the suit will be allowed to proceed -- and Bush and Cheney will face questioning under oath -- while they are in office. The reason for that is a unanimous 1997 U.S. Supreme Court decision ruling that Paula Jones' sexual harassment suit against then- President Clinton could go forward immediately, a decision that was hailed by conservatives at the time. [Emphasis mine]

Yep, just file this one under the be careful what you ask for column. And stay tuned, given the increasingly apparent corruption of BushCorp and friends™, I expect many further ironies are in the offing.

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