Pretty good article by Jim VandeHei in the Washington Post about the status of Karl Rove.  I have no idea if the investigation is "near an end" as he claims but the article seems to be free of the heavy pro-Rove Luskin spin that made the recent Isikoff article such an unmitigated piece of merde.  One has to wonder, though:  is it VandeHei who’s responsible for this, or is Luskin inoculating against further disclosures he’s afraid are imminent?

[O]ne former government official said he testified that Rove talked with White House colleagues about the political importance of defending the prewar intelligence and countering Plame’s husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV. It was Wilson who accused Bush of twisting intelligence about Iraq’s efforts to obtain nuclear material from Africa. The official refused to be named out of fear of angering Fitzgerald and the White House. 

I guess they’re finally catching up with Murray Waas’s 2004 reporting.

Rove expects to learn as soon as this month if he will be indicted — or publicly cleared of wrongdoing — for making false statements in the CIA leak case, according to sources close to the presidential adviser. 

A lot of people have guessed that from the recent activity, hope it’s true.

Wilson reported back that the charge could not be proved, but Bush nevertheless asserted in his 2003 State of the Union address that intelligence existed that Iraq had tried to buy uranium in Africa.

Well halle-fuckin’-lulia, usually that little bit of recap comes packaged with some Pat Roberts bullshit spin and some "unnamed sources" pushing the story that Wilson confirmed the Administration’s allegations.  That’s a triumph of sorts.

In testimony offered in subsequent grand jury appearances, Rove essentially argued that he did not recall the conversation with Cooper until a few months after he first testified, when his attorney found a 2003 e-mail Rove had written to then-deputy national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley. In the e-mail, Rove mentioned that he had discussed Wilson with Cooper. The e-mail prompted Rove to tell the grand jury that he apparently did discuss Plame — though not by name — with Cooper, according to the source close to Rove. 

"A few months" — that would be from February to October 25, 2004 (when Rove testified for the third time).  And nobody has yet explained, as Swopa pointed out, how an email that made no mention of "Wilson’s wife" or "Valerie Wilson" or "Valerie Plame" or whatever hair Robert Luskin wants to split today caused Karl Rove to remember that yes, he’d outed her to Matt Cooper.  It’s also worth noting that Karl’s memory might have had some help from the subpoena issued to Matt Cooper on September 13 or the judge who denied his motion to quash the subpoena on October 7 (reported on 10/14/2004), just prior to Rove’s appearance.

Moreover, he has testified, if he really wanted to damage Wilson in the summer of 2003, he would have sought out the many other reporters he knew better and trusted more than Cooper. He argued that he hardly knew Cooper, who had recently started on the White House beat — one reason the conversation slipped his mind, the source close to Rove said.

Not if it was a concerted, group effort and everyone had their little assigned tag-team roles.  I still like Swopa’s theory that Rove went off the reservation when talking with Cooper, just couldn’t help himself and that as a result Cheney said "fuckit, let’s go wide, might as well" the next day on Air Force II.

The aide said Rove’s message was that "if there are no WMDs and some blame us, it will not be a pleasant election year." The aide said Rove talked a lot about Wilson that week, but mostly about the fact he was a Democrat and needed to be rebutted.

Once again, just confirmed what Murray Waas already reported — this was about damage control during an election year.

In the Libby case, Fitzgerald presented previously undisclosed information alleging that Libby had hounded CIA, State Department and other officials for information about Wilson and Plame, then leaked it.

This is one set of anxiously awaited transcripts, that’s all I can say.

No big revelations, most of it we’ve heard from Waas long ago and no new questions posed (like "hey Karl, do remember who told you yet?  No?  Well you keep thinking, Karl, ‘cos that’s what you’re good at").  I guess we’ll just have to wait for Fitzgerald to weigh in on the matter, or for Murray Waas to find out. 

(graphic by Monk at Inflatable Dartboard)

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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