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Friday, July 22, 2005

Karl Rove "Scooter" Libby: Treason, Perjury, Obstruction Of Justice?

Posted by Frankie at 7/22/2005 12:01:00 AM

As more and more of the "facts" (as McLellan likes to say) are revealed in this "ongoing investigation" it's becoming very apparent that there are two different sides to the story. There is the reporters side which all match up that they were informed about Plame from Rove in an obvious smear campaign. Rove even told MSNBC's Chris Mathews on that Plame was "fair game." Then there is the Rove side of things, which went from being a source, to not being a source, to not "knowingly" being a source, and now the new version, being informed from the press. Documents show that the White House was informed in a "top secret" document about Plame's cover days before the Novak story. With all this, it seems that Rove has perjured himself in his grand jury testimony. "Scooter" Libby may have done the same, and again a Republican White House will be faced with obstruction of justice charges.

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.

These discrepancies may be important because one issue Fitzgerald is investigating is whether Libby, Rove, or other administration officials made false statements during the course of the investigation. The Plame case has its genesis in whether any administration officials violated a 1982 law making it illegal to knowingly reveal the name of a CIA agent.


A memo by the department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) included Plame’s name in a paragraph marked “(S)'’ for `Secret,’ a designation that should have indicated to anyone who read it that the information was classified, the Washington Post reported yesterday.

The memo, prepared July 7, 2003, for Secretary of State Colin Powell, is a focus of Fitzgerald’s interest, according to individuals who have testified before the grand jury and attorneys familiar with the case.

The three-page document said that Wilson had been recommended for a CIA-sponsored trip to Africa by his wife, Valerie Wilson, who worked on the CIA’s counter-proliferations desk.

Keep your chins up Karl... Yes, I got that from Tom Oliphant on Franken.

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