July 19, 2005
-- by Gary Boatwright
Scotty and the White House have made a big deal out of not commenting on an ongoing investigation. Think Progress asks an interesting question. Mehlman and the White House: What's the connection?
Has former Rove deputy Ken Mehlman discussed the Plame matter with any White House officials, specifically Karl Rove, in the past three weeks? What was the specific nature of those conversations — who was involved, how long did they last, what was discussed?
The answers to these questions are important. If the answer to the first is yes, (a) the White House claim to be “not commenting” on the grand jury investigation falls apart, since administration officials are merely pushing their talking points out to Ken Mehlman; and (b) Mehlman immediately loses serious credibility, since he has suggested that he has not coordinated his message on the Plame investigation with the White House.
I've got a question for Atty. Gen. Gonzalez. Is he going to pursue unauthorized leaks as aggressively as Ashcroft did?
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