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Fri Jun 17, 2016, 02:26 AM

Richard Armitage Becomes Highest Ranking Republican To Break Party Rank

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Source: politico

Armitage served as assistant secretary of defense under President Reagan, and deputy secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. He’s the highest ranking national security official to openly express opposition to Donald Trump as the GOP’s nominee.

“If Donald Trump is the nominee, I would vote for Hillary Clinton,” Armitage told POLITICO in a brief interview. “He doesn't appear to be a Republican. He doesn't appear to want to learn about issues. So, I’m going to vote for Mrs. Clinton”


Read more: http://www.redstate.com/sweetie15/2016/06/16/richard-armitage-becomes-highest-ranking-republican-break-party-rank/



this could get interesting...

it's kinda fun to watch Paul Ryan look sheepish when asked about drump's banning of newspapers.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Fri Jun 17, 2016, 02:38 AM

1. Armitage was also the leak in the Plame Affair

On November 15, 2005, journalist Bob Woodward of The Washington Post revealed in an article that "a government official with no axe to grind" leaked to him the identity of outed CIA officer Valerie Plame in mid-June 2003. According to an April 2006 Vanity Fair article (published March 14, 2006), former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee said in an interview "that Armitage is the likely source is a fair assumption", though Bradlee later told the Post that he " not recall making that precise statement" in the interview. The following year, on March 2, 2006, bloggers discovered that "Richard Armitage" fit the spacing on a redacted court document, suggesting he was a source for the Plame leak. In August 2006, the Associated Press published a story that revealed Armitage met with Bob Woodward in mid-June 2003. The information came from official State Department calendars, provided to The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act.

Robert Novak, in an August 27, 2006 appearance on Meet the Press, stated that although he still would not release the name of his source, he felt it was long overdue that the source reveal himself. Armitage has also reportedly been a cooperative and key witness in the investigation. According to The Washington Note, Armitage has testified before the grand jury three times.

On August 29, 2006, Neil A. Lewis of The New York Times reported that Armitage was the "initial and primary source" for columnist Robert Novak's July 14, 2003 article, which named Valerie Plame as a CIA "operative" and which triggered the CIA leak investigation.

On August 30, 2006, CNN reported that Armitage had been confirmed "by sources" as leaking Wilson's CIA role in a "casual conversation" with Robert Novak. The New York Times, quoting people "familiar with his actions", reported that Armitage was unaware of Wilson's undercover status when he spoke to Novak.

In the September 4, 2006 issue of Newsweek magazine, in an article titled "The Man Who Said Too Much", journalist Michael Isikoff, quoting a "source directly familiar with the conversation who asked not to be identified because of legal sensitivities", reported that Armitage was the "primary" source for Robert Novak's piece outing Plame. Armitage allegedly mentioned Wilson's CIA role to Novak in a July 8, 2003 interview after learning about her status from a State Department memo which made no reference to her undercover status. Isikoff also reported that Armitage had also told Bob Woodward of Plame's identity in June 2003, and that special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald investigated Armitage's role "aggressively", but did not charge Armitage with a crime because he "found no evidence that Armitage knew of Plame's covert CIA status when he talked to Novak and Woodward".

On September 7, 2006, Armitage admitted to being the source in the CIA leak. Armitage claims that Fitzgerald had originally asked him not to discuss publicly his role in the matter, but that on September 5 Armitage asked Fitzgerald if he could reveal his role to the public, and Fitzgerald consented.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Armitage_(politician)

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Fri Jun 17, 2016, 03:34 AM

2. The question is would Hillary accept his support?

I have a pretty good idea what the answer is.

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Response to seabeckind (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 17, 2016, 03:38 AM

3. he said he would vote for her, he didn't say he plans to campaign for her!

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Response to ellenrr (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 17, 2016, 03:41 AM

4. That's not the question.

The question is about her.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Fri Jun 17, 2016, 03:42 AM

5. Duplicate topic - Locking

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