Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Knives Are Coming Out
Rove-a-Palooza/Take a Letter from Libby/Miller's Crossing/Big Time!

The New York Daily News has quite an interesting scoop today:
An angry President Bush rebuked chief political guru Karl Rove two years ago for his role in the Valerie Plame affair, sources told the Daily News.

"He made his displeasure known to Karl," a presidential counselor told The News. "He made his life miserable about this."
[...]
Asked if he believed indictments were forthcoming, a key Bush official said he did not know, then added: "I'm very concerned it could go very, very badly."

"Karl is fighting for his life," the official added, "but anything he did was done to help George W. Bush. The President knows that and appreciates that."

Other sources confirmed, however, that Bush was initially furious with Rove in 2003 when his deputy chief of staff conceded he had talked to the press about the Plame leak.
Paul Waldman over at The Gadflyer adds this comment:
Now you could say that the people who talked to the Daily News are just trying to screw Rove, which is entirely possible (and let's step back and acknowledge just how delicious it is to see this famously leak-proof White House doing their backstabbing in the press). But in the process, they've also made it clear that Bush has been lying to the public about this all along. If he knew two years ago that Rove was the leaker in the Plame case because Rove fessed up to him, everything he's said about how he wanted to get to the bottom of it and he'd fire anyone who was involved was just bald-faced lying.

What does this mean? It means that President Bush was an active participant in the cover-up.


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