President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should speak publicly about their involvement in the CIA leak case so people can understand what happened, a leading Republican senator said Sunday.
"We ought to get to the bottom of it so it can be evaluated by the American people," said Sen. Arlen Specter (news, bio, voting record) of Pennsylvania, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
I think it is necessary for the president and vice president to tell the American people exactly what happened," Specter told "Fox News Sunday."
"There's been enough of a showing that the president of the United States owes a specific explanation to the American people ... about exactly what he did," Specter said.
Now doubtless Specter will be excoriated by certain portions of the wingnutosphere, but it will be understood that he's doing exactly what is required of him: providing the appearance of an inquiry into a situation that cannot be ignored outright in order, of course, to provide an outlet for a congressionally sponsored whitewash.
Anybody who expects anything different hasn't been paying very much attention to anything the past five years.
KEYWORDS: Arlen Specter, Leaks, Bush Administration, GOP spin
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