Saturday, July 02, 2005

Rove's big fat mouth finally getting his ass into trouble?

Echidne, FP have updated information PlameGate based on MSNBC correspondent Lawrence O'Donnell's appearance on the McLaughing Group last night and follow up on the Huffington Report today, where he states Rove's involvement has been
"reconfirmed by yet another highly authoritative source. Too many people know this. It should break wide open this week."
Editor & Publisher had what, Echidne says, was a fascintaing article posted for about an hour today.
Adding to the growing intrigue in the Plame case, the grand jury investigating the leak of the covert CIA operative’s name subpoenaed has a wide range of White House documents, including records of telephone calls from Air Force One and information relating to an internal working group dealing with Iraq, government sources confirmed to CNN on Friday.

“We are complying fully with the request from the Department of Justice,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters Friday.

Government sources told CNN the federal grand jury was seeking any information about contacts between White House officials and more than two dozen reporters. The grand jury also asked for a transcript of a briefing by former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer.

The subpoenaed information regarding telephone calls to and from Air Force One, sources said, covered July 7-12, while the president was on a trip to Africa. The requested transcript was from a briefing during that trip as well.
The story has since been replaced with the following
Story posted here for about an hour Saturday afternoon was accurate but out of date and has been pulled from the site. We apologize.
Newsweek contains the Rove story O'Donnell expects
The e-mails surrendered by Time Inc., which are largely between Cooper and his editors, show that one of Cooper's sources was White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, according to two lawyers who asked not to be identified because they are representing witnesses sympathetic to the White House.


Initially, Fitzgerald's focus was on Novak's sourcing, since Novak was the first to out Plame. But according to Luskin, Rove's lawyer, Rove spoke to Cooper three or four days before Novak's column appeared. Luskin told NEWSWEEK that Rove "never knowingly disclosed classified information" and that "he did not tell any reporter that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA." Luskin declined, however, to discuss any other details. He did say that Rove himself had testified before the grand jury "two or three times" and signed a waiver authorizing reporters to testify about their conversations with him. "He has answered every question that has been put to him about his conversations with Cooper and anybody else," Luskin said. But one of the two lawyers representing a witness sympathetic to the White House told NEWSWEEK that there was growing "concern" in the White House that the prosecutor is interested in Rove. Fitzgerald declined to comment.


In early October 2003, NEWSWEEK reported that immediately after Novak's column appeared in July, Rove called MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews and told him that Wilson's wife was "fair game."
This all seems so much like a heightened flash-back to the late 60s-early 70s to me (only a bit scarier since the government's lies & manipulations in concert with the fundagelicals seems to have intertwined Americana and fascism more closely than previously thought possible - especially if there's (even) more info to substantiate administration fixing the intel to lead to Iraq

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