Thursday, October 20, 2005

When Did The Preznit Know Rove And Libby Were Involved In CIA Leak Case

Did Preznit Bush have a "I did not have sex with that woman" moment when he told America in 2003 that he didn't know who in his administration had been involved in leaking a covert CIA operative's name to the press? Here's the Daily News on that tantalizing tale:

Fess up on leak, Chuck prods Bush
Thursday, October 20th, 2005

WASHINGTON - Sen. Chuck Schumer yesterday urged President Bush to come clean on what and when he knew about political guru Karl Rove's involvement in the outing of CIA spy Valerie Plame.

Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, meanwhile, is combing over testimony by John Hannah and David Wurmser, national security aides to Vice President Cheney who sources questioned under oath say may be the key to the probe.

Citing yesterday's Daily News story detailing Bush's angry 2003 outburst, Schumer requested particulars of that heated discussion about Rove's role in the CIA leaks. "It seems you may have been angry that White House officials were caught, not that they had compromised national security," Schumer wrote in a letter to Bush. Schumer also questioned why Bush didn't suspend Rove's top secret security clearance if he was aware his senior aide had a role in the Plame affair.

Bush spokesman Scott McClellan said he wasn't aware of the letter, but he still lashed out. "The last thing that we need to do is politicize an ongoing investigation," he said.

Schumer's letter was sent as Democrats elsewhere jumped all over Bush, perhaps suspecting the President knows more about the leak than he or Rove may have told Fitzgerald.

"We're looking at the time line," said a top Senate Democratic strategist. "The same month Bush reprimands Rove, he tells the American people he doesn't know whether anybody in the White House was involved, and now we learn otherwise."

On Sept. 30, 2003 - the same month Bush rebuked Rove - the President said, "I don't know of anybody in my administration who leaked classified information."

McClellan originally questioned the accuracy of The News' story but later said he couldn't comment because the leak probe is ongoing.

Meanwhile, Plame and her husband, Joseph Wilson, are considering a civil suit that could force Bush, Rove and Cheney to testify. Wilson asserts that his wife was outed to get back at him for debunking claims that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was shopping for nuclear materials in Niger.

This story gets better and better.

If Preznit Bush was lying to the American people when he told them "I don't know of anybody in my administration who leaked classified information," the final piece of his straight-shooting persona will crumble to rubble.

Bush, judging by his plummeting poll numbers, doesn't have much credibility now with most of the American people.

He really will be exposed as a lying, conniving weasel if it turns out he knew Rove, Libby, Cheney et al were involved in the leak campaign.

Obviously early on when the investigation was still being run by Attorney General Ashcroft, everybody in the administration, including George Bush, figured "Cover those boobs" Ashcroft would make the problem go away. I don't think they ever expected to get a tenacious investigator like Patrick Fitzgerald chasing down all of the angles.

Now the lies are all coming out.

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