Question of the day.
Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi is in Washington today.
Later this week Berlusconi’s intelligence chief will be questioned before a closed session of a committee of the Italian parliament about allegations he was responsible for using back channels to funnel the Niger uranium forgeries to the White House.
Last week a top White House official was indicted on five counts stemming from the Niger scandal.
Please let us know if any journalist in Washington today puts a question regarding Italy’s role in the Niger caper to Bush, Berlusconi or spokespersons for either man.
It won’t be as easy as it might have been: their scheduled joint press conference was cancelled and reporters were not permitted to ask questions after the two gave brief statements today at the White House.
The White House doesn’t want to answer any questions about this story; and few reporters seem inclined to press the point.