Sunday, November 27, 2005

Another TIME Reporter to Testify In CIA Leak Case

No matter what David Broder, Tom Brokaw and the rest of the D.C. conventional wisdom brigade say about Karl Rove being out of serious legal jeopardy in the CIA leak case, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald still has his sights on Bush's Brain. From the Associated Press:

A second Time magazine reporter has agreed to cooperate in the CIA leak case and will testify about her discussions with Karl Rove's attorney, a sign that prosecutors are still exploring charges against the White House aide.

Viveca Novak, a reporter in Time's Washington bureau, is cooperating with Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, who is investigating the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity in 2003, the magazine reported in its Dec. 5 issue.

Novak specifically has been asked to testify under oath about conversations she had with Rove attorney Robert Luskin starting in May 2004, the magazine reported.

Novak, part of a team tracking the CIA case for Time, has written or contributed to articles in which Luskin characterized the nature of what was said between Rove and Matthew Cooper, the first Time reporter who testified in the case.

Cooper appeared before the grand jury in July after Time surrendered his notes and e-mail detailing a conversation with Rove. Cooper agreed to talk and avoid jail after disclosing that his source — now confirmed to be Rove — released him from his confidentiality agreement.

A grand jury indicted I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, on perjury and obstruction charges on Oct. 28. Fitzgerald said in court papers earlier this month that he will present additional evidence to another grand jury.

Rove has remained under investigation for his involvement in leaking the identity of Plame, whose husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, is a critic of the Bush administration.

First Bob Woodward testifies in the CIA leak case to a new grand jury a couple of weeks ago, now Viveca Novak will testify about conversations she had with Rove's lawyer in 2004.

Lots of trouble for Rove here.

How much do you want to make a bet that tomorrow we will hear from some of Rove's apologists, like Joe DiGenova/Victoria Toesing or Kay Bailey Hutchinson, who'll say Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald got embarrassed by Bob Woodward last week when Woodward revealed that a senior administration official had leaked Valerie Plame's identity to him in June 2003 before Scooter Libby leaked her identity to Judy Miller, so now Fitzgerald's just trying to save face by impaneling a new grand jury, subpoening a few more people, and hearing a little bit more testimony in the case?

I bet we'll hear that either on Wolf's show or Tweety's show by no later than 5:30 PM.

Only problem is, the more Rove's apologists try to spin news in the CIA leak case, the more events in the case reveal their excuses to be pure spin.

Or pure bullshit.

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