Sunday, July 17, 2005

Double Super Secret Background

From today’s NY Times
The vice president's chief of staff, Lewis Libby, was a source along with the president's chief political adviser for a Time story that identified a CIA officer, the magazine reporter said Sunday, further countering White House claims that neither aide was involved in the leak.
In an effort to quell a chorus of calls to fire deputy White House chief of staff Karl Rove, Republicans said that Rove originally learned about Valerie Plame's identity from the news media. That exonerates Rove, the Republican Party chairman said, and Democrats should apologize.
But it is not clear that it was a journalist who first revealed the information to Rove.

Got that? Yeah, well neither does 95% of the American public.

As long as this remains a who-told-what-to-whom story, it doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of going anywhere. What we need is some good old fashioned perjury and obstruction of justice charges to come down from Patrick Fitzgerald.. Because, as the Republicans proved with Bill Clinton, even if the original crime isn’t really a crime, lying to a grand jury is. Most Americans can still grasp the concept of lying.

But not most Republicans:

The only concession by any Republican in the controversy came from Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, the third-ranking House Republican.
Asked about the White House's previous statements that Rove was not involved, Blunt told CBS' ''Face the Nation'' that spokesmen for the White House ''need to be very thoughtful about what they say and be sure that their credibility is sustained.''


Blogger D.B. Echo said...

Oh, I do love that Republican assertion that since Rove was just repeating something he had heard from one of the older boys in the schoolyard (Robert Novak, no less - bringing back memories of "I wasn't engaging in sexual contact with her, she was engaging in sexual contact with me"), it was OK that he was repeating it to anyone who would listen, since it was already public knowledge.

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