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Bush Ready to Cooperate in CIA Leak Case
AP ^ | 6/3/04 | TERENCE HUNT

Posted on 06/03/2004 10:07:54 AM PDT by TexKat

WASHINGTON - President Bush said Thursday he was ready to cooperate in the grand jury investigation of who leaked the name of a covert CIA operative last year and that he had consulted with an attorney to determine if he needs legal advice.

"I've told our administration that we'll fully cooperate with their investigation" Bush said. "I want to know the truth. I'm willing to cooperate myself."

Bush's move suggests the president anticipates being questioned by prosecutors about whether he could shine any light on the case. But there is no indication that Bush is a target of the investigation.

"In terms of whether or not I need advice from counsel, this is a criminal matter, it's a serious matter," the president said. "I have met with an attorney to determine whether or not I need his advice, and if I deem I need his advice, I'll probably hire him."

Earlier, Bush's chief spokesman, Scott McClellan, confirmed that Bush had contacted Washington attorney Jim Sharp. "In the event the president needs his advice, I expect he probably would retain him," McClellan said. There is no indication Bush has been questioned yet.

A federal grand jury has questioned numerous White House and administration officials to learn who leaked the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame, wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, to the news media. Wilson has charged that officials made the disclosure in an effort to discredit him.

Bush has been an outspoken critics of leaks, saying they can be very damaging, but he has expressed doubts that the government's investigation will pinpoint who was responsible. While Bush has said he welcomed the leak investigation, it has been an awkward development for a president who promised to bring integrity and leadership to the White House after years of Republican criticism and investigations of the Clinton administration.

Even though he has a White House counsel, Bush is dependent on outside lawyers for private matters. A memo distributed to the staff last year reminded officials that the counsel's office works solely for the president in his official capacity and is not a private attorney for anyone.

Democrats seized on the news to criticize the president.

"It speaks for itself that the president initially claimed he wanted to get to the bottom of this, but now he's suddenly retained a lawyer," said Jano Cabrera, spokesman for the Democratic National Committee (news - web sites). "Bush shouldn't drag the country through grand juries and legal maneuvering. President Bush should come forward with what he knows and come clean with the American people."

Plame was first identified by syndicated columnist and TV commentator Robert Novak in a column last July. Novak said his information came from administration sources.

Wilson has said he believes his wife's name was leaked because of his criticism of Bush administration claims that Iraq had tried to obtain uranium from Niger, which Wilson investigated for the CIA and found to be untrue.

Disclosure of an undercover officer's identity can be a federal crime. The grand jury has heard from witnesses and combed through thousands of pages of documents turned over by the White House, but returned no indictments.

The probe is being handled by Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, appointed after Attorney General John Ashcroft stepped aside from case because of his political ties to the White House.

Absent a breakthrough from the documents or a cooperating witness, prosecutors may be forced to try to identify the leaker through Novak or other reporters. However, journalists pressed by the prosecution could assert a First Amendment privilege to protect their sources.

Wilson has suggested in a book that the leaker was Lewis "Scooter" Libby, chief of staff to Vice President Cheney. But Wilson's book, "The Politics of Truth," gave no conclusive evidence for the claim.

The White House denied the claim and accused Wilson of seeking to bolster the campaign of Democrat John Kerry, for whom he has acted as a foreign policy adviser.

Wilson also said it's possible the leak came from Elliott Abrams, a figure in the Reagan administration Iran-Contra affair and now a member of Bush's National Security Council. And Karl Rove, Bush's chief political adviser, may have circulated information about Wilson and Plame "in administration and neoconservative circles" even if Rove was not himself the leaker, Wilson wrote.

Another possibility is that two lower-level officials in Cheney's office — John Hannah or David Wurmser — leaked Plame's identity at the behest of higher-ups "to keep their fingerprints off the crime," Wilson speculated.


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1 posted on 06/03/2004 10:07:56 AM PDT by TexKat
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To: TexKat

How does one "cooperate" with a federal grand jury?

Cooperation implies that there is a common goal and common interests.


2 posted on 06/03/2004 10:10:29 AM PDT by oblomov (Envy plus rhetoric equals "social justice." - Thomas Sowell)
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To: TexKat

An awfull lot of investigating for a mere 'desk jockey' being identified - I thought everyone in DC knew who/what she was/did.


3 posted on 06/03/2004 10:11:18 AM PDT by familyofman
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US. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald

4 posted on 06/03/2004 10:12:12 AM PDT by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: oblomov

"Cooperation implies that there is a common goal and common interests"
this means that Bush knows nothing about it and wants to help FBI to find the leaker.


5 posted on 06/03/2004 10:14:26 AM PDT by I_killed_kenny
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Bush consults lawyer on investigation into CIA leak
6 posted on 06/03/2004 10:17:09 AM PDT by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: TexKat
But there is no indication that Bush is a target of the investigation.

And bears don't $hit in the woods either......

7 posted on 06/03/2004 10:17:11 AM PDT by umgud (speaking strictly as an infidel,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,)
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To: oblomov
common goal
Both the grand jury and Bush "want to know the truth," hence the word "cooperate."
8 posted on 06/03/2004 10:18:06 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: umgud
But there is no indication that Bush is a target of the investigation.

And bears don't $hit in the woods either......

Yes - Bush is the backboard that they use to hold the targets - no matter what the target, the backboard always gets it...

9 posted on 06/03/2004 10:19:44 AM PDT by trebb (Ain't God good . . .)
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To: familyofman

I was thinking the same thing this morning; six months so far.

And not a peak out of that GR.


10 posted on 06/03/2004 10:21:08 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: TexKat

As if he has been uncooperative until now? Nope, no bias here!


11 posted on 06/03/2004 10:24:52 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn't be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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Prez eyes defense in agent outing - New York Daily News
12 posted on 06/03/2004 10:25:22 AM PDT by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: Howlin

13 posted on 06/03/2004 10:27:01 AM PDT by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: TexKat

Another attempt to smear Bush.
Their agenda is so obvious.


14 posted on 06/03/2004 10:30:30 AM PDT by onyx
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To: TexKat
So has Bob Graham fled the country yet?
15 posted on 06/03/2004 10:33:19 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: onyx

"Their agenda is so obvious."

I don't know who they are - I must be really dense. Is it the CIA, Justice Dept., White House, tooth fairy....?


16 posted on 06/03/2004 10:38:23 AM PDT by familyofman
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To: TexKat

And George Tenent resigned today, hmmmm.


17 posted on 06/03/2004 10:40:37 AM PDT by John Lenin
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To: familyofman

News media that paints EVERYTHING negative.
"THEY" are anti Bush or haven't you been paying attention?


18 posted on 06/03/2004 10:40:59 AM PDT by onyx
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To: onyx

""THEY" are anti Bush ..."

Then why is Bush going to cooperate with 'THEM' - the anti-Bushes? The fact that everyone seems to want to find the person responsible for leaking the identity of an undercover asset of the CIA is not a negative story - it's reporting that a crime was comitted. Do you think letting criminals that violate the laws of the US and disclose 'classified' info should not be persued & punished?


19 posted on 06/03/2004 10:47:48 AM PDT by familyofman
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To: familyofman

Democrats seized on the news to criticize the president.


"It speaks for itself that the president initially claimed he wanted to get to the bottom of this, but now he's suddenly retained a lawyer," said Jano Cabrera, spokesman for the Democratic National Committee (news - web sites). "Bush shouldn't drag the country through grand juries and legal maneuvering. President Bush should come forward with what he knows and come clean with the American people."




I know you relish being obtuse.
Please try to see the political side to this.
POTUS is not liked by much of our media.

Bush is not cooperating with "THEM"=the media,
but with an investigative grand jury.
It is the media, however, that wishes to paint
Bush negatively for their own political agenda:
"make Bush a one term POTUS."


20 posted on 06/03/2004 10:52:33 AM PDT by onyx
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To: onyx
"I know you relish being obtuse."

Not to mention sarcastic, petulant, adversarial, obstinate, and on very rare occasions - acute.
21 posted on 06/03/2004 11:24:37 AM PDT by familyofman
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To: TexKat
Anybody else think they'll trace the Plame Blame right back to Mr Wilson?



22 posted on 06/03/2004 11:37:51 AM PDT by Watery Tart (Hey, wait a minute! They ALL canít be holy cities!)
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To: Watery Tart

I would start with the Foreign Relations Committee. The memo was pretty clear about what the RATS will be doing this election cycle.

Maybe this is their way to keep the ball rolling.

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1016642/posts


23 posted on 06/03/2004 11:46:14 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Only difference between the liberals and the Nazis is that the liberals love the Communists.)
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To: All

Funny, I usually laugh at these stupid press created "scandals" such as Enron, prison abuse, Halliburton, "Bush Knew about 9-11", etc. but something about this just makes me very worried.


24 posted on 06/03/2004 11:50:27 AM PDT by COEXERJ145
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To: All

I'd think if it was all made up by the press, he wouldnt need to hire an attorney.

Enron, Haliburton, and the prison abuse are all being investigated by our government.
I guess they have been duped by the press too. (Dang that press is getting good)

But thats just my opinion.


25 posted on 06/03/2004 2:17:00 PM PDT by SearchMaster (Look a little harder...the truth will set you free.)
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To: QuokkaPerth

I'm just adding to crazy conspiracy theories.


27 posted on 06/03/2004 3:35:51 PM PDT by John Lenin
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To: COEXERJ145
Funny, I usually laugh at these stupid press created "scandals" such as Enron, prison abuse, Halliburton, "Bush Knew about 9-11", etc. but something about this just makes me very worried.

Maybe it's because the thought of Dubya retaining an Attorney if need be.

All in all, Dubya's honesty has done nothing but splatter the faces of the politically inclined accusers.

He will be fine.

The strait and narrow will dictate such.

28 posted on 06/03/2004 4:04:13 PM PDT by EGPWS
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To: TexKat

Wilson is an idiot.


29 posted on 06/03/2004 4:06:37 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (You need tons click "co-ordinating")
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To: TexKat
"in administration and neoconservative circles"

and some handwring over the N-word here...lol

30 posted on 06/03/2004 4:09:42 PM PDT by wardaddy (This is it. We either win and prevail or we lose and get tossed into that dustbin W mentioned!)
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To: TexKat
It was probably Richard Clarke. He was in a position to know.

Is it illegal for a perons who has the highest level top secret clearance to tell a secret to another person who has the same highest level top secret clearance, but not necessarily a need to know?

Bush might have mentioned it to Tenet, or Ashcfort, or Rice. Is that a crime? I don't know. Maybe that's why Bush hired a lawyer.

31 posted on 06/03/2004 4:36:28 PM PDT by bayourod (Kerry has no track record in negotiating with foreign nations, nor does Sec of State Sharpton)
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To: bayourod

Not to be given too much weight, as rumors are rumors, but I heard the biggest MOUTH on this was her husband, bragging to everyone at WDC Cocktail parties about how his wife was a CIA agent!


32 posted on 06/03/2004 4:59:18 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The LINE has been drawn. While the narrow minded see a line, the rest see a circle.)
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To: TexKat
But there is no indication that Bush is a target of the investigation.

Bush is the one and only target of EVERYTHING.

33 posted on 06/03/2004 6:08:45 PM PDT by atomicpossum (I give up! Entropy, you win!)
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To: TexKat; Carl/NewsMax; Mia T; Joy Angela; Ragtime Cowgirl; Alamo-Girl; campfollower; PhilDragoo; ...

.

CLARITY Check =

Actually it look's like Presidential Candidate JOHN KERRY's going to be the one needing an Attorney for good reason. BUSH has retained a personal attorney for his coming testimony before a grand jury, something completely normal for grand juries.

It appears KERRY has illegally used copyrighted photographs of Vietnam Veterans who seved with him in Vietnam, without their permission, while saying that they all support him for President ...when only 2 of them do.

"KERRY's presidential campaign appears to have violated copyright laws by broadcasting several photos from the Caller-Times book 'South Texas Heroes'" the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported today.


See:

Angry Veterans Demand KERRY Stop Exploiting Them

http://www.Newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/6/3/114333.shtml


NEVER FORGET


34 posted on 06/03/2004 7:06:50 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Actually, he hasn't been. It took a few months for Justice to get moving on this after the Novak article. I don't remember exactly what triggered the move, but I believe that it was Tenet making a complaint to either the White House or Justice.


35 posted on 06/03/2004 8:13:48 PM PDT by homer777
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Truth Bump!!


36 posted on 06/04/2004 12:29:19 AM PDT by Joy Angela (World War I, World War II, Clinton Term III - Don't let it happen!)
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To: TexKat
While Bush has said he welcomed the leak investigation, it has been an awkward development for a president who promised to bring integrity and leadership to the White House after years of Republican criticism and investigations of the Clinton administration.

I had an immediate impression that Hunt was simpering with satisfaction as he wrote this line. LOL

"Awkward", I suppose, if one wishes to classify baseless attacks lodged against the administration from the Wilsons and the left as "awkward". I have a stronger word for it.

Iraq had tried to obtain uranium from Niger, which Wilson investigated for the CIA and found to be untrue.

What is untrue is this sentence. To call his jaunt an "investigation" is ridiculous. To say he "found" out anything is just outright false.

37 posted on 06/04/2004 8:46:52 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: familyofman
An awfull lot of investigating for a mere 'desk jockey' being identified - I thought everyone in DC knew who/what she was/did.

My guess is the investigation is not what conventional wisdom states. It is more likely the skulduggery of the Wilsons and their associates who had a hand in this treachery are the focus. They'll try to retaliate against the president via lawsuits and the like, hence his consulting an attorney.

That's my prognositication.

38 posted on 06/04/2004 8:53:08 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: TexKat

Every time this comes up on the news I become furious at Robert Novak for not telling what he knows, confidentiality be damned. Tying the government in knots with a lengthy and expensive investigation that could be ended so simply is not worth it as far as I am concerned.


39 posted on 06/04/2004 9:02:04 AM PDT by FairWitness
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To: TexKat
President Bush has a private attorney ready to go if he's dragged into a grand jury probe of who in his administration vindictively blew the cover of CIA spy Valerie Plame, officials said last night.

LOL

Yes, I'm sure the "officials" said "vindictively blew the cover" of the CIA "spy".

Good grief!

40 posted on 06/04/2004 9:05:43 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: SearchMaster
See post #38 for my opinion.

BTW, the prison abuse was not authorized by our government, it was being investigated before the media brouhaha erupted. What, pray tell, are you throwing that out as if the administration approved or condoned such activity, hm?

What do you know about the dreaded Enron and Halliburton? Evidently not much.

41 posted on 06/04/2004 9:20:32 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: bayourod
Bush might have mentioned it to Tenet, or Ashcfort, or Rice. Is that a crime?

Mentioned what to Tenet, Ashcroft or Rice? He didn't even know about Wilson going to Niger. Tenet didn't even know until well after the fact.

42 posted on 06/04/2004 9:23:19 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: homer777
It took a few months for Justice to get moving on this after the Novak article. I don't remember exactly what triggered the move

Novak has stated publicy the leak did not come from the WH. What triggered it was Wilson going around talking about wanting Rove "frog marched" out of the WH in handcuffs. There's plenty to investigate, but rest assured, wrongdoing from the Bush WH will not be the finding.

43 posted on 06/04/2004 9:27:01 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: cyncooper
This is what I was responding to.
"stupid press created "scandals" such as Enron, prison abuse, Halliburton"

Considering you just said
"BTW, the prison abuse was not authorized by our government, it was being investigated before the media brouhaha erupted."
You have just validated my point...it was not 'press created'.

Thanx for backing me up dude.

Next time you might want to read what I was responding to first.
44 posted on 06/04/2004 10:35:54 AM PDT by SearchMaster (Look a little harder...the truth will set you free.)
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To: SearchMaster
"BTW, the prison abuse was not authorized by our government, it was being investigated before the media brouhaha erupted." You have just validated my point...it was not 'press created'.

Yes, the frenzy certainly was "press created". They acted like there was a government cover-up. They acted like the treatment was authorized from "up the chain of command". There was a whole circus created thanks to the deceptive reporting of the press. They still try to beat the story along, but it has long since died.

Thanx for backing me up dude.

At this point I hope you realize I did not back you up, man.

45 posted on 06/04/2004 10:50:00 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: cyncooper
Your words "it was being investigated before the media brouhaha erupted."

How could you possibly now say it is press created?

If you want to say it was exaggerated, thats fine. But 'created'
by the media, it was not.

"At this point I hope you realize I did not back you up, man."

By the way, that was sarcasm. Something less funny when you have to explain it as such.
But I assume you already know that.
46 posted on 06/04/2004 10:56:19 AM PDT by SearchMaster (Look a little harder...the truth will set you free.)
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To: SearchMaster
How could you possibly now say it is press created?

If you want to say it was exaggerated, thats fine. But 'created' by the media, it was not.

I hope you can distinguish between the original fact based story and the circus that ensued once the pictures were given to the press.

It was more than "exaggerated". Try outright misrepresented and presented in a false light.

The story was whipped up and stirred up and presented as something it was not.

47 posted on 06/04/2004 11:06:38 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: cyncooper
OK, you know as well as I do, that my original post had nothing to do with the media frenzy.

We could go on with this peeing contest for a while longer if you like, but argument usually doesn't settle anything or find the truth. It just becomes a contest.

I prefer to take the high road, so I will start from the beginning anew.
Hey there, my name is Andy. If you met me in person, you would probably really like me, almost everyone does. I do have opinions, but I AM open minded. I am considerate to others, and even stop to remove animals from the road. I help those in need, and I don't judge anyone for their beliefs (except maybe neo-nazis and skinheads).
My pet peeve is people misrepresenting the truth and misleading others.

I'm not sure what I did to make you feel you had moral justification to treat me with contempt and disrespect (on 2 different threads), but I am not your enemy, and never will be. If anyone tells you such they are lying.
If you condemn me for not agreeing with you, I will be saddened and disappointed. I feel most people are good inside, and I assume you are no different.
48 posted on 06/04/2004 9:58:38 PM PDT by SearchMaster (Look a little harder...the truth will set you free.)
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To: SearchMaster
I'm not sure what I did to make you feel you had moral justification to treat me with contempt and disrespect (on 2 different threads), but I am not your enemy, and never will be.

I'm sorry. Thanks for the note.

49 posted on 06/04/2004 10:06:21 PM PDT by cyncooper
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To: Blood of Tyrants
As if he has been uncooperative until now? Nope, no bias here!

my thoughts EXACTLY when I read that title. The media is so BIASED it makes me ill!!!!!!

50 posted on 06/04/2004 10:12:02 PM PDT by pollywog (Psalm 121;1 I Lift mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help.)
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