| Thursday, October 20, 2005
| Tick ... tick ... tick ...
|"That little snitch... "
Did Karl Rove rat out Scooter Libby to the grand jury? Signs point to "save your own petard and damn the torpedoes..."
White House adviser Karl Rove told the grand jury in the CIA leak case that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, may have told him that CIA operative Valerie Plame worked for the intelligence agency before her identity was revealed, a source familiar with Rove's account said yesterday.Hm. I wonder which reporters? And Rove may have been standing too close to Judy Miller beneath the turning Fall leaves (oh, sorry, that's Scooter's position) ... in that he seems to have caught "don't recall a thing" disease when it comes to who told him what. Says WaPo:
In a talk that took place in the days before Plame's CIA employment was revealed in 2003, Rove and Libby discussed conversations they had had with reporters in which Plame and her marriage to Iraq war critic Joseph C. Wilson IV were raised, the source said. Rove told the grand jury the talk was confined to information the two men heard from reporters, the source said.
Rove has also testified that he also heard about Plame from someone else outside the White House, but could not recall who.Perhaps a fifth appearance before Mr. Fitzgerald's jury would help...? Even before the latest revelations, WaPo's Dan Froomkin already had compiled a full menu of "waiting for indictments" stories re the CIA leak probe. Highlights: Bush did know of Rove's involvement in the Plame leak (and chastized him for it):
Thomas M. DeFrank writes in the New York Daily News: "An angry President Bush rebuked chief political guru Karl Rove two years ago for his role in the Valerie Plame affair, sources told the Daily News.National Journal's Murray Waas goes in-depth on the possible case against Irv "Scooter" Libby... Waas' suggestion that third man on the totem pole, Cheney's deputy chief of staff John Hannah may have tried to save his own skin by flipping on his boss, Libby, is backed up by the following contention in today's Post:
" 'He made his displeasure known to Karl,' a presidential counselor told The News. 'He made his life miserable about this.' . . .
"A second well-placed source said some recently published reports implying Rove had deceived Bush about his involvement in the Wilson counterattack were incorrect and were leaked by White House aides trying to protect the President.
" 'Bush did not feel misled so much by Karl and others as believing that they handled it in a ham-handed and bush-league way,' the source said."
But now, Bush is circling the wagons around Rove, DeFrank writes.
" 'Karl is fighting for his life,' [another] official added, 'but anything he did was done to help George W. Bush. The President knows that and appreciates that.' "
ABC News the Note says DeFrank's story "might be a window into some new White House thinking on how best to position the President in advance of any possible indictments."
John Hannah, an aide to Cheney and one of two dozen people questioned in the CIA leak case, has told friends in recent months he is worried he may be implicated by the investigation, according to two U.S. officials.Meanwhile, the MSM is debunking the Paul Bedard USNWR story suggesting Cheney would resign and Bush would elevate Condi Rice to veep (how convenient for 2008, but do we really want this woman to continue failing upward?)
It is not clear whether Hannah had any role in unmasking Plame, or why he should fear Fitzgerald's probe. But the eleventh-hour emergence of another possible target shows how Fitzgerald has cast his net so widely over the past two years that it is impossible to know who, if anyone, it might ensnare.
Fitzgerald and his team have interviewed or taken before the grand jury at least two dozen officials or staffers from the White House, the vice president's office, the State Department and the CIA, according to people involved in the case.
Fitzgerald has dug into the deepest corners of the administration, pressing for information about everything from the mechanics of a secretive group of officials tasked with selling the Iraq war, to the State Department officials who assembled information on Wilson, the diplomat-turned-Iraq war critic, according to people familiar with the case. The focus has been on who leaked Plame's name, and who else knew about it.
But many unknowns remain. What role did Hannah play? What, if any, role was played by former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer? Who was the second source for Robert D. Novak, the columnist who first disclosed Plame's name and role in July 2003? Who was the White House official who leaked word about Wilson's wife to The Washington Post's Walter Pincus, who has never publicly revealed his source?
Tags: Judy Miller, CIA leak, Plame, Valerie Plame, Joe Wilson , Karl Rove, White House, PlameGate, 'Valerie Flame', Scooter Libby
|posted by JReid @ 1:01 AM