- Two leaders of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee want the federal prosecutor investigating the Valeria Plame case to subpoena a personal journal of controversial White House reporter James Guckert.
- In addition, E&P has confirmed an online report that Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) is circulating a letter among his colleagues that asks President Bush to launch an investigation into how Guckert, who writes under the byline “Jeff Gannon,” gained access to White House press briefings over two years despite having no journalism background and using a false name.
Jon Aravosis at Americablog has posted about a World Net Daily article which is highly critical and suspicious toward J.D. Guckert's easy access to the White House Press Corps. Here is an important quote from the WND article by Joseph Farah:
"You might remember the two-year fight WorldNetDaily waged to become credentialed by the Senate Press Gallery. Meanwhile, an activist organization – pretending to be a journalistic one and ensnared in personal scandal – pranced into the White House and secured access to the president of the United States. It raises serious security questions. It raises questions of propriety. It raises questions of judgment. And it raises questions about the role of a free press in a free society."
REPUBLICAN SENATORS MUST JOIN THE CALL FOR AN INVESTIGATION. CITIZENS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM SHARE CONCERN.
"I did not learn about James Guckert on the local news. I did not hear about him on any cable news networks either. I certainly did not read about him in The Dallas Morning News. I was not informed about this very important story by any of the traditional news media outlets; so I have two words to say to all you conservatives who claim that our news is delivered by a “liberal media”:
"Behind every scandal of the past few decades -- from Watergate to Iran-Contra -- was a congress controlled by the opposition party. Dems can't issue subpoenas and thus, Hertzberg concludes, Gannongate is likely to end up Nothinggate."