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Bush Interviewed in Gov't CIA Leak Probe
Yahoo! News ^ | June 24, 2004

Posted on 06/24/2004 10:01:33 AM PDT by Kaslin

WASHINGTON - President Bush (news - web sites) was interviewed by government prosecutors Thursday in connection with the federal investigation of who leaked the name of an undercover CIA (news - web sites) operative to the news media.

The president was questioned for 70 minutes in the Oval Office by U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald, who is heading the Justice Department (news - web sites) investigation.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: cialeak
FOX News reports Bush Hires Attorney in CIA Leak Probe.

You can imagine how the left will spin this

FNC article

1 posted on 06/24/2004 10:01:33 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

There's slobber all over my TV already from the reporters drooling.


2 posted on 06/24/2004 10:06:52 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Kaslin
Earthshattering......NOT.

It was announced that the president had hired an attorney weeks ago.

Even watched Linda Vester have an orgasm over the news alert.

Sheesh....

3 posted on 06/24/2004 10:13:14 AM PDT by OldFriend (IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TEACHER.......AND SINCE IT'S IN ENGLISH, THANK A SOLDIER)
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To: Kaslin

When is someone going to ask Clinton about leaked and stolen FBI files?


4 posted on 06/24/2004 10:14:52 AM PDT by bmwcyle (<a href="http://www.johnkerry.com/" target="_blank">miserable failure)
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To: Kaslin

OMG ? Bush didn't have Cheney at the meeting ? I'm sure that fact will be announced as leading news.


5 posted on 06/24/2004 10:15:13 AM PDT by VRWC_minion
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To: Kaslin
Related thread:

Patrick Fitzgerald interviews President Bush at WH (Plame/Wilson Saga)

6 posted on 06/24/2004 10:16:27 AM PDT by cyncooper (Have I mentioned lately that I DESPISE the media?)
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To: Howlin

Not surprising


7 posted on 06/24/2004 10:16:55 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Bush Hires Attorney in CIA Leak Probe
Thursday, June 24, 2004

WASHINGTON  — President Bush was interviewed by government prosecutors Thursday in connection with the federal investigation of who leaked the name of an undercover CIA operative to the news media.

The president was questioned for 70 minutes in the Oval Office by U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald (search), who is heading the Justice Department investigation.

White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Bush has hired a private attorney, Jim Sharp (search), a Washington trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor.

"The leaking of classified information is a very serious matter," McClellan said, adding that the president repeatedly has said that he wants his administration to cooperate with the investigation. "He was pleased to do his part."

Investigators want to know who leaked the name of Valerie Plame (search), an undercover CIA operative, to syndicated columnist Robert Novak last July. A federal grand jury in recent months has questioned numerous White House and administration officials.

Disclosure of an undercover officer's identity can be a federal crime.

Wilson has said he believes his wife's identity was disclosed to attack his credibility because he criticized Bush administration claims that Iraq under Saddam Hussein had tried to obtain uranium from Niger. Wilson went to Niger for the CIA to investigate the information about Iraq and he found the allegation to be highly unlikely.


8 posted on 06/24/2004 10:17:24 AM PDT by VRWC_minion
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To: Kaslin
Bush Hires Attorney in CIA Leak Probe
Thursday, June 24, 2004

WASHINGTON  — President Bush was interviewed by government prosecutors Thursday in connection with the federal investigation of who leaked the name of an undercover CIA operative to the news media.

The president was questioned for 70 minutes in the Oval Office by U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald (search), who is heading the Justice Department investigation.

White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Bush has hired a private attorney, Jim Sharp (search), a Washington trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor.

"The leaking of classified information is a very serious matter," McClellan said, adding that the president repeatedly has said that he wants his administration to cooperate with the investigation. "He was pleased to do his part."

Investigators want to know who leaked the name of Valerie Plame (search), an undercover CIA operative, to syndicated columnist Robert Novak last July. A federal grand jury in recent months has questioned numerous White House and administration officials.

Disclosure of an undercover officer's identity can be a federal crime.

Wilson has said he believes his wife's identity was disclosed to attack his credibility because he criticized Bush administration claims that Iraq under Saddam Hussein had tried to obtain uranium from Niger. Wilson went to Niger for the CIA to investigate the information about Iraq and he found the allegation to be highly unlikely.


9 posted on 06/24/2004 10:17:31 AM PDT by VRWC_minion
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To: Kaslin

MSNBC has three successive reporters report this:

David Gregory, Norah O'Donnell and Bob Kur.

Can Andrea Mitchell be far behind?

Interview has been reported at lasting 70 minutes, then Bob Kur said one hour and 10 minutes. Not under oath.


10 posted on 06/24/2004 10:18:10 AM PDT by cyncooper (Have I mentioned lately that I DESPISE the media?)
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To: Kaslin
Getting an attorney and this interview indicates Bush has some knowledge that could be considered incriminating him or could be considered as being confidential.

If its confidential and Bush wants to avoid a civile suit, he may want to request that he be issued an subpeona to protect him from whatever disclosures he might make.

If its potentially incriminating, he might want to obtain immunity from prosecution and/or be certain he is not considered a target but rather a witness.

Either way, he needs an attorney to be the middleman between him and the prosecutor. The policy of the gov't is NOT to discuss such things directly with the individual.

11 posted on 06/24/2004 10:23:13 AM PDT by VRWC_minion
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To: VRWC_minion

I see Yahoo!News does have the full report now


12 posted on 06/24/2004 10:24:30 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: bmwcyle
When is someone going to ask Clinton about leaked and stolen FBI files?

You should know yourself that hell will freeze over before they will ask him that

13 posted on 06/24/2004 10:26:28 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Bush Interviewed in Gov't CIA Leak Probe

37 minutes ago
Add White House - AP to My Yahoo!

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - President Bush (news - web sites) was interviewed by government prosecutors Thursday in connection with the federal investigation of who leaked the name of an undercover CIA (news - web sites) operative to the news media.

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The president was questioned for 70 minutes in the Oval Office by U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald, who is heading the Justice Department (news - web sites) investigation, and members of his team.

White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Bush has hired a private attorney, Jim Sharp, a Washington trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor, and he was present for the questioning.

"The leaking of classified information is a very serious matter," McClellan said, adding that the president repeatedly has said that he wants his administration to cooperate with the investigation. "He was pleased to do his part. No one wants to get to the bottom of this matter more than the president of the United States."

McClellan noted that Bush has urged anyone with information about the case to come forward.

Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) and other top administration officials, including White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, also have been questioned in the investigation.

Investigators want to know who leaked the name of Valerie Plame, an undercover CIA operative, to syndicated columnist Robert Novak last July. A federal grand jury in recent months has questioned numerous White House and administration officials.

Disclosure of an undercover officer's identity can be a federal crime.

Asked if Bush had answered every question, McClellan said, "The president was glad to do his part to cooperate with the investigation. The president was pleased to share whatever information he had with the officials in charge and answer their questions."

McClellan, who said he was not in the meeting, was asked if Bush had any information about who leaked Plame's name. "That's just getting into questions that are best directed to the officials in charge of the investigation. I would not read anything into that one way or the other. This is an ongoing investigation."

Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson has said he believes his wife's identity was disclosed to attack his credibility because he criticized Bush administration claims that Iraq (news - web sites) under Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) had tried to obtain uranium from Niger. Wilson went to Niger for the CIA to investigate the information about Iraq and he found the allegation to be highly unlikely

14 posted on 06/24/2004 10:26:58 AM PDT by VRWC_minion
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To: VRWC_minion; maica; Travis McGee
Wilson went to Niger for the CIA to investigate the information about Iraq and he found the allegation to be highly unlikely.

Who at the CIA authorized his trip? We still do not know who sent Wilson or who at the CIA got his briefing when he returned. He wrote an op-ed, but I don't think that counts as a briefing.

15 posted on 06/24/2004 10:49:04 AM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: VRWC_minion

Scott Mcclellan is a good loyal person but not a good spokes person for Bush. Ari is the correct peson to handle the arrogant WH presscore.


16 posted on 06/24/2004 10:50:37 AM PDT by anita
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To: 4Archimedes
Since Jun 24, 2004

Welcome to the FreeRepublic you worthless lib.

18 posted on 06/24/2004 10:54:34 AM PDT by bmwcyle (<a href="http://www.johnkerry.com/" target="_blank">miserable failure)
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To: Freee-dame
Who at the CIA authorized his trip?

Text of CIA Director George Tenet's statement

Excerpt:

There was fragmentary intelligence gathered in late 2001 and early 2002 on the allegations of Saddam's efforts to obtain additional raw uranium from Africa, beyond the 550 metric tons already in Iraq. In an effort to inquire about certain reports involving Niger, CIA's counter-proliferation experts, on their own initiative, asked an individual with ties to the region to make a visit to see what he could learn. He reported back to us that one of the former Nigerien (sic) officials he met stated that he was unaware of any contract being signed between Niger and rogue states for the sale of uranium during his tenure in office. The same former official also said that in June 1999 a businessman approached him and insisted that the former official meet with an Iraqi delegation to discuss "expanding commercial relations" between Iraq and Niger. The former official interpreted the overture as an attempt to discuss uranium sales. The former officials also offered details regarding Niger's processes for monitoring and transporting uranium that suggested it would be very unlikely that material could be illicitly diverted. There was no mention in the report of forged documents -- or any suggestion of the existence of documents at all.

Because this report, in our view, did not resolve whether Iraq was or was not seeking uranium from abroad, it was given a normal and wide distribution, but we did not brief it to the President, Vice-President or other senior Administration officials. We also had to consider that the former Nigerien officials knew that what they were saying would reach the U.S. government and that this might have influenced what they said.

In the fall of 2002, my Deputy and I briefed hundreds of members of Congress on Iraq. We did not brief the uranium acquisition story.

19 posted on 06/24/2004 11:03:49 AM PDT by cyncooper (Have I mentioned lately that I DESPISE the media?)
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To: 4Archimedes

Did Joseph Wilson speak the truth? I don't think he would know the truth if it hit him in the face. As for getting his wife killed, she seems to be in good health. As for her now compromised sources, I believe her husband is as much responsible for any deaths that resulted from the revelation of his wife's line of work. He showed a huge lack of judgement when he wrote an op-ed column about his trip to Niger. When you go public with something, you should expect that your whole life, including the occupation of your spouse, will become public. Hang the leaker and the other leaker, Joseph Wilson.


20 posted on 06/24/2004 11:05:04 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: Kaslin

Very tiresome and pointless. The real problem was that Valerie Plame gave a critical job to her own husband, a flaming clintonoid ideologue, for which he was not qualified. He failed to do the job properly and then lied to the press about it. A newspaper reporter reported this, and got pasted.

How many reporters would be rabidly pushing prosecutors to investigate a news source if it was a liberal news story that was leaked. Zero. They would condemn any investigation as censorship and as an attack on the free press.


21 posted on 06/24/2004 11:17:16 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Kaslin
Can someone explain to me how Bush would have had anything to do with this? The goal here has to be about making as many headlines saying Bush was interrogated as possible to spin his administration as corrupt.

Patriot Paradox

22 posted on 06/24/2004 11:22:21 AM PDT by sonsofliberty2000
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To: sonsofliberty2000
Can someone explain to me how Bush would have had anything to do with this? The goal here has to be about making as many headlines saying Bush was interrogated as possible to spin his administration as corrupt.

You are answering your own question with this

The goal here has to be about making as many headlines saying Bush was interrogated as possible to spin his administration as corrupt.

23 posted on 06/24/2004 11:27:43 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
I guess my question was rhetorical and can be taken as a guttural scream.

Patriot Paradox

24 posted on 06/24/2004 11:29:28 AM PDT by sonsofliberty2000
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To: petitfour

It took me two seconds to see this was another lib implant.


25 posted on 06/24/2004 11:32:03 AM PDT by bmwcyle (<a href="http://www.johnkerry.com/" target="_blank">miserable failure)
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To: anita
Scott Mcclellan is a good loyal person but not a good spokes person for Bush. Ari is the correct peson to handle the arrogant WH presscore.

I really do miss Ari.

26 posted on 06/24/2004 11:51:56 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: VRWC_minion

What's with the headline? There's nothing in the story that has anything to do with the headline, is there? The story doesn't even mention whether or not the President's attorney was present during the questioning!


27 posted on 06/24/2004 12:02:02 PM PDT by Trust but Verify (Charter member Broken Glass Republicans (2000))
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To: sonsofliberty2000
Right. Nothing will change the fact that it was common knowledge that Plame worked for the CIA and that she and Wilson were married. What wasn't known was that it was Plame that got Wilson sent on the unauthorized trip to undermine the Bush administration's case against finishing the Gulf War.

According to Wilson, Plame outted herself to him during a heavy make out session in Paris...on their second date. Looks like we found the source of the leak, folks : Valerie herself.

If there were any danger to the paper pushing wife (as opposed to handler of agents in the field, which she was NOT) it was caused by Wilson himself.

28 posted on 06/24/2004 12:06:14 PM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: Freee-dame

Since Wilson was on CIA business, any information that he developed belonged to the CIA....not to him. If that information was assigned a security classification, Wilson violated security regulations when he wrote the op-ed.


29 posted on 06/24/2004 12:10:05 PM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: Freee-dame

But .. the info the left always leaves out of their reports is that the WILSONS are very good friends of the Clintons AND HELD FUNDRAISERS FOR THEM.

I don't even need an investigation to know who the real corrupt person is who started this whole mess.

My theory: Hillary ask Valerie to recommend her husband for the trip to Niger. Wilson went to Niger but as investations proved, Wilson did nothing but sit in the local cafes and sip tea. He came back and said, "no connection between Iraq and buying yellowcake from Niger". Which was a lie! The goal was to discredit Bush and stop the war. Wilson said he met with Cheney - records prove Wilson didn't. It was not until that point that someone commented to Novak that Wilson's wife was a CIA operative.

I believe the person will be found .. and I believe they will be tied DIRECTLY TO HILLARY AND VALERIE. How about an October surprise ..??


30 posted on 06/24/2004 12:14:08 PM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: a core set of principles from which he will not deviate)
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To: Kaslin
I miss Ari too. While Ari Fleischer handled the WH press core with aplomb and even managed to appear to be enjoying the constant streams of venom spewing at him every day, Scott McClellan doesn't get enough credit around here.

No, he doesn't have style, but he isn't that bad. I wouldn't say he's misquoted any more than Fleischer was. Don't forget that Ari's tenure as Press Secretary took place during the atrocities of 9/11/01 and the immediate aftermath. McClellan's job is more difficult for two reasons:

1. The - newness, for lack of a better word - of the war on terror has worn off, and the public is waking up to the fact that we're in this for the long term. Much as our parents and grandparents felt when the realities of our belated involvement in WWII finally sank in.

2. It's an election year. The hatred and attacks from the left always increase exponentially in proportion to the length of time remaining until election day. If Ari were still press secretary right now, even he might be visibly wilting under the sheer weight of lefty hatred...which is exactly the aim of the left to begin with. He left when he did because the grind was getting to him.

If we're smart, we wouldn't want the job of press secretary to a Republican president for anything in the world.

31 posted on 06/24/2004 12:21:45 PM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: Kaslin

Actually, it was Harris himself who "outed" her by overreacting to Novak's use of the word "operative" - Novak has already explained that it was common knowledge that she worked for the CIA - just not as an agent. Novak inadvertently used the term "operative" in the sense it is commonly used in politics as anyone who works for an organization - as in 'a DNC operative' or 'union operative' No one told him that she was in fact an agent, and he didn't mean to imply that she was. It was Harris who took the word literally and blew her cover by publicly confirming that sense of the term.


32 posted on 06/25/2004 10:12:09 PM PDT by dougd
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To: dougd; maica; Travis McGee
Novak has already explained that it was common knowledge that she worked for the CIA - just not as an agent. Novak inadvertently used the term "operative" in the sense it is commonly used in politics as anyone who works for an organization - as in 'a DNC operative' or 'union operative' No one told him that she was in fact an agent

The Rat attack machine really knows how to make a mountain out of a molehill...and keep the story going and goingand going.

33 posted on 06/26/2004 5:50:48 AM PDT by Freee-dame
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