3 October 2003

Hardball with Chris Matthews for Sept 30

[Republican National Committee Chair] GILLESPIE: I think if the allegation is true, to reveal the identity of an undercover CIA operative is abhorrent. And it should be a crime and it is a crime.

MATTHEWS: It would be worse than Watergate, wouldn't it?

GILLESPIE: You know, I just-yes, I suppose in terms of the real world implications of it.


GILLESPIE: It is not just politics. It is people's lives...


MATTHEWS: Is it hard for a president to ask someone to walk a plank when the end of the plank is 10 years in jail?

GILLESPIE: Again, I believe that if the Justice Department concludes that someone violated the law in this way, I do not believe it would be hard for President Bush to ask that person to walk the plank.

This item has been blogged previously by Atrios, but now we have the transcript. The solution to a crime that endangers lives is not a presidential dismissal, but criminal prosecution.

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