July 24, 2005
-- by Dave Johnson
For starters, did Mr. Bush know in the fall of 2003, when he was telling the public that no one wanted to get to the bottom of the case more than he did, that Mr. Rove, his longtime strategist and senior adviser, and I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, had touched on the C.I.A. officer's identity in conversations with journalists before the officer's name became public? If not, when did they tell him, and what would the delay say in particular about his relationship with Mr. Rove, whose career and Mr. Bush's have been intertwined for decades?If Rove told Bush he wasn't involved, he lied to the President. Why is he still working in the White House? And, if that is the case, why do we have a President who would let someone who lied to him stay in the White House?
If Bush didn't ask Rove, or if Rove did tell Bush he was involved, why is Bush still in the White House?
From the NYTimes story,
By September 2003, as a criminal investigation was getting under way, Mr. McClellan was telling reporters that Mr. Rove had nothing to do with the leak, saying he had checked with Mr. Rove about the topic.So we have, at the very least, indications that either Rove lied to McClellan, the White House Press Secretary, or McClellan lied to the public. One or both should have been fired by now. That neither has, and bother continue in their jobs, says more about Bush than Rove or McClellan.
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Watching this story develop is like watching cheese ripen, hoping that eventually it will get smelly enough. The great mystery to me is why it's taking this special prosecutor so long to get around to saying something. A couple of years and a few zillion dollars spent ought to be enough. Ain't the cheese ripe yet? Let's have it before it petrifies!
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