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June 5, 2008
By: dday

CLOSING IN... Karl Rove has been extremely slippery with what he was able to get away with while in service at the White House, but over the past couple weeks events have probably made him gulp and pull the collar away from his neck a couple times. Same with his former bosses.

First you have Scott McClellan basically admitting that Bush and Cheney gave the go-ahead to Scooter Libby to selectively leak contents of the 2002 Iraq NIE, and in the process the identity of Valerie Plame. Henry Waxman, upon hearing this, immediately set to work.

New revelations by former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan raise additional questions about the actions of the President and the Vice President. Mr. McClellan has stated that "[t]he President and Vice President directed me to go out there and exonerate Scooter Libby." He has also asserted that "the top White House officials who knew the truth - including Rove, Libby, and possibly Vice President Cheney - allowed me, even encouraged me, to repeat a lie." It would be a major breach of trust if the Vice President personally directed Mr. McClellan to mislead the public [...]

In his interview with the FBI, Mr. Libby stated that it was "possible" that Vice President Cheney instructed him to disseminate information about Ambassador Wilson's wife to the press. This is a significant revelation and, if true, a serious matter. It cannot be responsibly investigated without access to the Vice President's FBI interview.

The interviews with senior White House officials also raise other questions about the involvement of the Vice President. It appears from the interview reports that Vice President Cheney personally may have been the source of the information that Ms. Wilson worked for the CIA. Mr. Libby specifically identified the Vice President as the source of his information about Ms. Wilson. None of the other White House officials could remember how they learned this information [...]

In his FBI interview, Mr. McClellan told the FBI about discussions he had with the President and the Vice President. These passages, however, were redacted from the copies made available to the Committee. Similar passages were also redacted from other interviews.

There are no sound reasons for you to withhold the interviews with the President and the Vice President from the Committee or to redact passages like Mr. McClellan's discussions with the President and the Vice President. Mr. Fitzgerald's investigation is closed and he has indicated that it would be appropriate to share these records with the Committee. There has been no assertion of executive privilege.

Well sure, when you line it all up like that, it looks like a conspiracy.

What's more, Marcy Wheeler thinks Patrick Fitzgerald, who prosecuted the Plame case, might be ready to talk about allegations about his potential firing that came out during the investigation into the US Attorneys scandal.

Later in the Rezko trial, two witnesses said that Rezko told them not to worry about the criminal investigation, because the Republicans—Rove and Kjellander—would get rid of Fitzgerald. Hastert would install a friendly federal puppy who wouldn't bother the Combine, according to the testimony. "The federal prosecutor will no longer be the same federal prosecutor," testified Elie Maloof, a Rezko associate who is now a cooperating witness.

And a state pension board lawyer who has already pleaded guilty told grand jurors that Cellini told him "Bob Kjellander's job is to take care of the U.S. attorney." [...]

"If I owe a response [about the putsch to remove him from his job], I owe it to Congress, first," Fitzgerald said when asked about all this after the verdict.

But that's not all. As pressure grew on Rove for answers about the railroading of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman, prosecutors
abruptly dropped their appeal that sought longer sentences for him and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy in the "bribery" case, also known as "a politician appointing an ally to a board." And 54 former state attorneys general from across the country filed a brief on Siegelman's behalf with the appellate court where he is contesting his conviction, asking that it be overturned. And now the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating.

The US Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is investigating the conduct of at least two specific US Attorneys in the “selective prosecution” of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, sitting Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver E. Diaz Jr., and Mississippi attorney Paul Minor, according to attorneys close to the investigation.

In a May 5 letter sent to House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers (D-MI), OPR Director H. Marshall Jarrett wrote that OPR “currently has pending investigations involving, among others, allegations of selective prosecution relating to the prosecutions of Don Siegelman, Georgia Thompson, Oliver Diaz and Paul Minor.”

RAW STORY has confirmed that Leura Canary (above right), the US Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, and Dunnica Lampton, the US Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi , are under investigation. Their offices are also being probed.

This leads back to Rove - the Siegelman case, the politicization of US Attorney positions, firing prosecutors who wouldn't play ball, leaking classified information in the Plame case. Rove is a slippery creature. But there are a lot of investigations all happening at once.

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But doesn't Karl wear a suit made of vaseline?

Posted by: optical weenie on June 5, 2008 at 6:25 PM | PERMALINK

Uh-oh. All of those Republican strategists hoping to pull Rezko out of their hats around October or so are gonna have to come up with a Plan B.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on June 5, 2008 at 6:35 PM | PERMALINK

How does that frog march go again?

Posted by: Kenji on June 5, 2008 at 6:40 PM | PERMALINK

Plan B is likely to bomb Iran in Sept or Oct.

Failing that, I fear that plan C is to stage a terrorist attack somewhere in the US; perhaps narrowly-averted, perhaps not. (Bush and Cheney have demonstrated no compunction about US military deaths in pursuit of purely political goals; I doubt they'd cavil at killing a few hundred civilians if they thought it would panic the country into voting for McCain, or into accepting postponement of the election, even the imposition of martial law.)

Eight years ago I would have thought the above was crazy talk. And maybe it is. But these guys have consistently disregarded every conventional, legal, or moral limitation in their use of power; it's become a pattern.

And I really think they have a lot to lose if the real truth about the last eight years ever comes out.

Posted by: joel hanes on June 5, 2008 at 6:47 PM | PERMALINK

Call Nan 1-202-225-0100 DEMAND IMPEACHMENT.

Posted by: Mike Meyer on June 5, 2008 at 6:52 PM | PERMALINK

Karl Rove should be in jail.

He has perverted the electoral system, and undermined the principle of one vote to be counted for every voter.
He has destroyed the reputations of fine men and women, in the service of a lying and conniving cabal who have taken the nation to an illegal war.
He has destroyed covert intelligence activities, when he and others in the administration panicked over not finding WMD in Iraq. The CIA was weakened when they pushed responsibility for that away from themselves, and the intelligence effort against Iran was likewise weakened when they outed Plame.
Rove stole Ohio.
And Rove fired legal officers who were not willing to persecute Dem opponents during several elections, for Congress and the presidency. He also was instrumental in hiring incapable suck up replacements who were "loyal" to the White House.
Rove's role in the Jeff Gannon affair, with a mole reporter placed in the press room to field softball questions on command, and with dubious clearance, remains to be explained.
Rove enabled the NeoCon cabal and subverted American justice, the legal process, the electoral process and the accountability of government before the courts, before Congress and before the people.

Rove has deliberately subverted important environmental work, on the bidding of Cheney and the president, and will one day have to stand to account for the consequences of his willingness to do that.

Rove is a dangerous commissar, who will stop at nothing in order to advance his delusional, dangerous agenda -- and he is a criminal, who deserves to be thrown in jail, and to be mocked for the rest of his life as a destroyer of decent society.

Posted by: SteinL on June 5, 2008 at 7:02 PM | PERMALINK

Please wake me up when this looks like it will result in Rove, Cheney and other big dogs getting their clocks washed. As Opwee commented above - all these guys own stock in "vaseline". Color me skeptical that this will go anywhere.

Posted by: ExBrit on June 5, 2008 at 7:02 PM | PERMALINK

AND YET, I'd bet my meager pension that our DO NOTHING DEMS will continue their pattern of business as usual...course it will all be DIFFERENT when Obama is prez...for sure, right? EVERYBODY HAPPY NOW...Hillary is out but not quick enough for all...and not the way everyone wants her to go...and GOD, NO don't consider her for VP...let's just let this ship sink all by itself...and I, for one, won't blame Hillary (and Bill) for shaking their heads and saying WE TRIED TO TELL YA!!!

Posted by: Dancer on June 5, 2008 at 7:13 PM | PERMALINK

If we get a Democratic president, you can be damn sure this will go somewhere. Rove's culpability in the systemic corruption of the Bush administration is not going to go away just because Bush and Cheney are finally going to be booted out of the offices they've disgraced. On the other hand, if McCain manages to confuse enough morons into voting for him, Rove will be free to continue consulting in the disruption and subversion of democracy everywhere.

Posted by: wally on June 5, 2008 at 7:20 PM | PERMALINK

Nothing will ever happen.

Obama et al. will say, "It's time to move on" and that will be that.

The Dems can always be counted on to be spineless.

Posted by: Spineless Dems on June 5, 2008 at 7:26 PM | PERMALINK

The Dems can always be counted on to be spineless.

Actually, it's the DLC that can be counted on to be spineless.

I remember the Democratic Party before Clintonism.
Watergate happened.

Posted by: joel hanes on June 5, 2008 at 7:32 PM | PERMALINK

quod licet Rovis
non licet vobis

Posted by: Mimir on June 5, 2008 at 7:49 PM | PERMALINK

As usual, go after the little criminals & leave the top criminals alone.

Bush, Cheney & the rest of that criminal gang should be investigated & prosecuted.

Posted by: ZombieNation on June 5, 2008 at 7:54 PM | PERMALINK

The important thing is to find a way to bust through the "executive privilege" racket. BTW, note the irony concerning Rezko, who is touted by the Right as an embarrassment essentially for Obama.

Posted by: !!! on June 5, 2008 at 8:01 PM | PERMALINK

Dick, Let's get out of town, pronto. Maybe go hunting lawyers

Posted by: Matt Young on June 5, 2008 at 8:48 PM | PERMALINK

Spineless Dems: The Dems can always be counted on to be spineless.

See Clinton and Lawrence Walsh's Iran-Contra investigation. And of course that insulated Bubba from future witch hunts.

Screw this magnanimous crap (of which Obama is a prime example). When in a gun fight, do everything you can to blow the other m*****f*****'s away.

Posted by: alex on June 5, 2008 at 9:14 PM | PERMALINK

But doesn't Karl wear a suit made of vaseline?

No, he only keeps a jar on the dresser in the Lincoln bedroom for when homosexual prostitute jeff gannon/guckert (remember, fake ID and fake press credentials) does one of his many overnights at the white house.

He doesn't need it all over his body and often doesn't even need to use it in his rear end. He is already a very slimy pig.

Posted by: on June 5, 2008 at 9:38 PM | PERMALINK

Weenita Opticale,

Actually, an extensive search of Google Images (Okay, I spent 30 seconds at it) revealed no reference to a Vaseline Suit. However, when it asked me if I meant "Gasoline suit" I struck gold.

Posted by: thersites the peace troll on June 5, 2008 at 9:54 PM | PERMALINK

If this fat fuck ends up in prison, I will be convinced beyond all doubt that there is a God....

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on June 5, 2008 at 9:54 PM | PERMALINK

You can bet there's going to be an October surprise....of the Democratic kind, i.e., NOT Reagan-esque negotiations with terrorists for political gain, but law and order comin' down the pike. Even if Rover doesn't wear orange he's going to be prosecuted and convicted at some level of conspiracy charge. Y'all can bet on it. I think it's Siegelman all the way; Scott Horton's gruntwork in this case lays it all out. It's labyrinthine, but the first squeaker has already squawked (McClellan), and once Canary, her husband, and the whole Alabama gang do their calculus we're going to hear a lot more screeching. Rove is toast.

Posted by: Conrad's Ghost on June 5, 2008 at 11:34 PM | PERMALINK

I kept my registration Rep for so long, thinking they had learned their lessons from Watergate. Thanks dday, this affirms my fears that they have learned them too well.

It'll be a shame if they let this slide, but I think we all know they'll find a way. They always do.

Start a deluge of emails to your Senators and Reps. I kind of trust Mikulski and Cardin(both D-MD) to do their part. I'll do my part by bugging the snot out of the others. This shit has got to go.

Posted by: DonkeyOdie on June 5, 2008 at 11:47 PM | PERMALINK

And then there's that whole thing about Iranian intel and--blast from the past--f'r cripesakes Manucher Ghorbanifar playing Rummie and co. for saps and basically getting the US to take out Iran's enemy Saddam for their private benefit--

A top aide to then-secretary of defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, however, shut down the 2003 investigation into the group's activities after only a month, and Pentagon officials never followed up on investigators' recommendation for a more thorough investigation, the Senate report said.

The revelation raises questions about whether Iran may have used a small cabal of officials in the Pentagon and in Vice President Dick Cheney's office to feed bogus intelligence on Iraq and Iran to senior policymakers in the Bush administration who were eager to oust the Iraqi dictator.

I mean, I know all this crap has been hanging out there for years now. But it does seem like there's a little something in the wind. Smells like sizzling GOP on a spit, to me.

Posted by: DrBB on June 6, 2008 at 12:07 AM | PERMALINK

optical weenie: But doesn't Karl wear a suit made of vaseline?

Slippery but dangerous. "Mom's napalm" has a relatively low flash point, and it's a b*tch to extinguish once it ignites.

Posted by: has407 on June 6, 2008 at 12:21 AM | PERMALINK

If the Rezko thing was partly to smear Obama, then I have to wonder if the preachers were encouraged by someone (R) also.

Does anybody have a clue about those guys?

I thought they might've just been Hillary supporters, but is there more?

Posted by: MarkH on June 6, 2008 at 2:09 AM | PERMALINK

I believe that there's a reserved cell down at GITMO that has Karl Rove's name on it. Hey, one can hope.

Posted by: The Oracle on June 6, 2008 at 3:16 AM | PERMALINK

doesn't Karl wear a suit made of vaseline?

Only for recreational purposes.

Posted by: Gregory on June 6, 2008 at 8:33 AM | PERMALINK

Do you remember what Cheney told Libby when Libby told him that he first heard about Plame from Cheney? Cheney said 'From me?'

The Gang that Couldn't Shoot Joe Wilson Straight were the last to know what was going on in the Plame Affair. Don't you remember what Armitage told Woodward about Wilson spreading her name all over town?

Haven't you guys figured out yet that Joe Wilson is a liar?

Posted by: kim on June 8, 2008 at 1:08 AM | PERMALINK

You are leaning on a thin reed trusting McClellan's recollections. It is ghost written by a paid propagandist. Read Doug Feith's book, you know, the one historians are going to respect.

Posted by: kim on June 8, 2008 at 1:32 AM | PERMALINK

The Liar's Club, Joe Wilson, Larry Johnson, and Jason Leopold. What does Marci think, that the sealed indictments of Rove are about to be unsealed?

Posted by: kim on June 8, 2008 at 2:15 AM | PERMALINK

See Fred Hiatt's editorial in the WaPo, this morning. He quotes Rockefeller's own report to show that the administration statements pre-war were 'substantially supported by intelligence information'.

What price Larry Johnson, Joe Wilson, and Val Plame?

Posted by: kim on June 9, 2008 at 10:18 AM | PERMALINK



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