I had to read every newspaper from east to west to find something new for you, so, all the way from San Diego, today’s installment in the Daily Plame Flame War:
Among the many questions surrounding the investigation into who in the Bush administration leaked the name of an undercover CIA officer is whether President Bush’s top political adviser told his boss the truth about his connection to the case.
Two years ago, the White House denied that Karl Rove played any role, but revelations in the past month have shown that Rove spoke with two journalists about the operative, Valerie Plame. Whether Bush knew the truth while the White House was issuing its denials is not publicly known.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan was so adamant in his denials in September 2003 that he told reporters the president knew that Rove wasn’t involved in the leak.
“How does he know that?” a reporter asked, referring to the president.
“I’m not going to get into conversations that the president has with advisers or staff,” McClellan replied.
Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald questioned Bush a year ago and the prosecutor’s office has questioned Rove repeatedly, so presumably investigators know the answer to what, if anything, Rove told Bush.
Whether Rove shaded the truth with Bush two years ago is a potential political problem. The president so far has stood by Rove’s side, even raising the bar for dismissing subordinates. Two years ago, Bush pledged to fire any leakers, but now he says he would fire anyone who committed a crime.
There ya go. Have at it. And if you don’t like my editing of this post, or you don’t think I have included the ‘right parts’ of the story, or if you think I have selectively edited it, you can just kiss my ass. Or drop ten bucks in the tip jar every time you want to accuse me of something.
I have insomnia, I am exhausted, I am cranky, and this is the flame war thread, after all.