Friday, July 22, 2005

Rove on the ropes
How much more of this can Bush take? Is being loyal to Rove that important? 2 days ago we got our first supreme court nominee in 8 years, but the story is back on the questionable activity, and likely criminal cover-up, of an unelected partisan hack. Even a friend of Bill would have fallen on his own sword at this point.
McClellan continues to get the business:
Q White House officials have been very clear through their attorneys or through other leaks to make it known that it was essentially journalists who educated them about who Valerie Plame was, what she did, and her role in sending her husband to Niger. It has now come to light that in fact White House officials were aware, or at least had access to a State Department memo that the President's own Secretary of State at the time had with him when he was traveling on Air Force One to Africa, which indicated both who she was, what she did, and her role in the Niger trip. So did the White House, in fact, know about her through this memo, or not?
The NYT:
At the same time in July 2003 that a C.I.A. operative's identity was exposed, two key White House officials who talked to journalists about the officer were also working closely together on a related underlying issue: whether President Bush was correct in suggesting earlier that year that Iraq had been trying to acquire nuclear materials from Africa. . . .Karl Rove and I. Lewis Libby, were helping prepare what became the administration's primary response to criticism that a flawed phrase about the nuclear materials in Africa had been in Mr. Bush's State of the Union address six months earlier.
Bloomberg (via Think Progress):
Lewis “Scooter'’ Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, told special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that he first learned from NBC News reporter Tim Russert of the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame, the wife of former ambassador and Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson. Russert has testified before a federal grand jury that he didn’t tell Libby of Plame’s identity.

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove told Fitzgerald that he first learned the identity of the CIA agent from syndicated columnist Robert Novak, who was first to report Plame’s name and connection to Wilson. Novak, according to a source familiar with the matter, has given a somewhat different version to the special prosecutor.
Kos Diary:
Olberman reporting that there will be a piece in WSJ tommorow stating that the Memo was marked "Top Secret", and that it was not to be shared with other nation's intellegence agencies, no matter how how friendly.
So, let's get this straight. Rove and Libby saw the "top secret" memo, needed a hammer to question Joe Wilson, told Novak, Russert, Cooper, probably Miller, and maybe many others about Wilson's wife, and then told the grand jury under oath that, no, the journalists had told them. If the 2 of them worked together on this coverup lie, does that add a conspiracy count to the indictment?

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