Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Bush Scandal Goes On


White House Denied That Rove Had Any Involvement In Leak Case, Even Though He Did. "Among the many questions surrounding the investigation into who in the Bush administration leaked the name of an undercover CIA officer is whether President Bush's top political adviser told his boss the truth about his connection to the case. Two years ago, the White House denied that Karl Rove played any role, but revelations in the past month have shown that Rove spoke with two journalists about the operative, Valerie Plame. Whether Bush knew the truth while the White House was issuing its denials is not publicly known. White House spokesman Scott McClellan was so adamant in his denials in September 2003 that he told reporters the president knew that Rove wasn't involved in the leak. 'How does he know that?' a reporter asked, referring to the president. 'I'm not going to get into conversations that the president has with advisers or staff,' McClellan replied." [AP, 8/11/05; http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20050811-1450-cialeak-investigation.html]

Besides Political Problem, A Rove Lie To Bush Could Be Another Broken Federal Law. "Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald questioned Bush a year ago and the prosecutor's office has questioned Rove repeatedly, so presumably investigators know the answer to what, if anything, Rove told Bush. Whether Rove shaded the truth with Bush two years ago is a potential political problem. The president so far has stood by Rove's side, even raising the bar for dismissing subordinates. Two years ago, Bush pledged to fire any leakers, but now he says he would fire anyone who committed a crime. If Rove didn't tell Bush the truth, that theoretically could be a legal problem for the presidential aide under the federal false statement statute." [AP, 8/11/05; http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20050811-1450-cialeak-investigation.html]

What was the basis for McClellan's statement that Bush "knew that Karl Rove" was not involved? Had Bush expressly asked Rove? Did Rove tell him that he was Novak's confirming source? If he didn't then is he being prosecuted under the federal false statement statute? If Rove did tell Bush the truth, did Bush tell McClellan to make the statement anyway? If Bush knew of Rove's role in the leak did he help in the political cover for Rove, with this statement and others?

28 DAYSSince The American Public Learned That A White House Official With Security Clearance Leaked The Identity Of A Covert CIA Operative.

Information from the DNC

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