News and events revolving around the ousting of CIA agent Valerie Plame.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Karl Rove: Uncovered

Friday 8th July 2005

News from the DNC:

Until recently, Karl Rove had denied even knowing Valerie Plame’s name. Now, after the release of emails from Time Magazine reporter Matt Cooper revealing the name of the White House source, Rove’s lawyer confirmed that Rove did speak with reporters about the case. With his history of questionable campaign tactics and his penchant for leaking information critical of his rivals, Rove should come clean with the American people: Did he endanger our national security by leaking a CIA operative’s name?

First, Rove Denied Any Involvement

August of 2004: Rove Claimed He Did Not Know Who Plame Was. In August of 2004, facing questions of his role in the Plame leak scandal, Rove denied his involvement, saying that he did not even know who Plame was at the time of the leak. "Well, I’ll repeat what I said to ABC News when this whole thing broke some number of months ago. I didn’t know her name and didn’t leak her name." [CNN, 7/4/05]

McClellan Said Rove Never Told Reporters that Plame Worked for CIA. In October of 2003 White House Press Secretary, Scott McCllelan was asked during a White House Briefing, "Scott, earlier this week you told us that neither Karl Rove, Elliot Abrams nor Lewis Libby disclosed any classified information with regard to the leak. I wondered if you could tell us more specifically whether any of them told any reporter that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA?" McClellan responded by noting that Rove and the others had assured him that they had not leaked any classified information. "Those individuals - I talked - I spoke with those individuals, as I pointed out, and those individuals assured me they were not involved in this. And that’s where it stands." [WH Briefing, 10/10/03]

McClellan Said He Knew Karl Rove, and Karl Rove Would Never Do Something Like Leaking. White House Spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters that, "I’ve known Karl for a long time, and I didn’t even need to go ask Karl, because I know the kind of person that he is, and he is someone that is committed to the highest standards of conduct...It is not something I needed to ask him, but I like to, like you do, verify things and make sure that it is completely accurate. But I knew that Karl would not be involved in something like this." [WH Briefing, 9/29/03]

But Now That the Heat Is On, Rove Changes His Story

Rove’s Lawyer Confirmed He Had Contact with Reporters About Plame. During interviews with the Los Angeles Times and Newsweek magazine, Rove’s personal lawyer, Robert Luskin, revealed that Rove had spoken to Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper days before Bob Novak ran his column outing Valerie Plame, and that Cooper interviewed Rove for his story on Plame. The same Newsweek article also contained quotes from "lawyers representing clients sympathetic to the White House" that said internal Time magazine emails between Cooper and his editors, identify Rove as Cooper’s source. These admission contradicted earlier statements by White House staff that Rove had not revealed Plame’s identity to any reporters. [Los Angeles Times, 7/3/05; Newsweek, 7/11/05]

White House "Concerned" That Rove is Focus of Prosecutor’s Investigation. According to Rove’s lawyer, Robert Luskin, Rove has testified before the Grand Jury "two or three times." According to a lawyer "representing clients sympathetic to the White House", Rove’s repeated visits to the Grand Jury has begun to make the administration "concerned" that Rove is a target of the special prosecutor. [Newsweek, 7/11/05]

Not The First Time: Rove and Novak

Rove Was Fired For Leaking A Damaging Story About GOP Fundraiser. Esquire’s Ron Suskind reported that, "Sources close to the former president [George H.W. Bush] say Rove was fired from the 1992 Bush presidential campaign after he planted a negative story with columnist Robert Novak about dissatisfaction with campaign fundraising chief and Bush loyalist Robert Mosbacher Jr. It was smoked out, and he was summarily ousted." [White House Briefing, 9/29/03; Esquire, 1/2003 Issue]


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