Skip to comments.DRUDGE: Lawyer Says Rove Talked to Reporter, Did Not Leak Name
Posted on 07/02/2005 6:27:14 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative
Karl Rove, President Bush's chief political adviser, spoke with TIME mag's Matthew Cooper during a critical week in July 2003 when Cooper was reporting on a public critic of the Bush administration who was also the husband of a CIA operative.
But Rove did not leak the name of the CIA op Plame, Rove's lawyer said again Saturday night.
Robert Luskin said Rove never identified Plame to Cooper in those conversations.
"Karl did nothing wrong. Karl didn't disclose Valerie Plame's identity to Mr. Cooper or anybody else,'' Luskin said to the WASHINGTON POST. Luskin said the question remains unanswered: ``Who outed this woman? ... It wasn't Karl.''
NBC's Lawrence O'Donnell claimed this weekend, 'Rove Blew CIA Agent's Cover'.
"Emails will reveal that Karl Rove was Matt Cooper's source. I have known this for months," O'Donnell said.
Odonnel is such a kook; wouldn't believe a word he said. I'm looking forward to Novak's column on this story when all is said and done with the Grand Jury. If the leaker had been Rove, it would have been released months ago, prior to the election. Spikey Mikey's story in Newsweak is just more wasted black ink on a white page. He is useless.
Ok, I'll admit it. They talked to me and I told them. It wasn't Rove.
I am inclined to believe that the DEMS are using another BOGUS document to target one of their most hated opponents.
We need to be ALL OVER THIS sniffing for what stinks.
Rathergate and Downing Street Memogate were just warm-ups for the new Marxists-at-Kinkos era. The good news is, WE are warmed up.
DO NOT LET THE LIBS CRUCIFY ROVE over something THEY probably created.
I've come to distust ANYBODY with a D after his name, except for Zell Miller.
We need another "Michael Jackson" debacle to give fodder to the media as to prevent this asinine coverage on the White House which will gain nothing.
My theory is that Cooper, Mandy Grunwald's husband and a rabid Democrat, may have tried to illegally contend that Karl Rove was his source and does not want to perjure himself before the Grand Jury. This makes sense then that the MSNBC O'Donnell operative would claim it was Rove in Cooper's notes, but Cooper is trying to avoid testifying since they have the notes. The notes could be a lie and attempt to frame Rove. If the SP knows this, Cooper (and Miller) are in a world of hurt ...
Didn't O'Donnell have a "melt-down" in 2004 when he was on a show with one of the SBVFT..he went postal, IIRC..
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Somebody posted a link to the video of that meltdown on an earlier thread today. It is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. I remember, it was Indy Pendance. Must see.
Yes he did---he was "debating" John O'Neill---and kept calling him a "creepy liar" and other insults..
I don't believe I have seen him on MSNBC since then...
BUT, if he knew that Rove did this, he wouldn't have kept quiet at all...he is a loud mouthed lib, that would love nothing more than to be the one to "get" Rove...
"If the leaker had been Rove, it would have been released months ago, prior to the election."
EXACTLY!! It would have been a bombshell .. and because it wasn't "leaked" - I'd say it wasn't true .. it's just another WISH by the left - a wish they will allow the kooks to spew as red meet for their kooky left.
I hear you and I agree with everything you said! The RATS HATE Karl Rove even more than they hate Bush and would cook up anything they could to destroy his reputation. And as far as Lawrence O'donnell goes, I'm glad it was him that dreamed up this lie. He's a vicious person! I wouldn't be surprised at anything he did!
He is a Dem operative. Nonetheless, they were trying to pin this on Rove from the start so it is possible it was a small conspiracy to do so and all the Dem ops don't know any better. Cooper's and Miller's notes may very well indicate Rove but the SP may have evidence it was not Rove, hence this conundrum where Cooper and Miller are terrified to testify in front of the Grand Jury because they used their notes and any statements to investigators to try to frame Rove ...
It's exactly what I said first thing today when I heard the revival of this charge.
Calm down. At this time there is no evidence of any "bogus" (I'll refrain from the all caps) documents.
Rove was in fact in Cooper's notes as I correctly said this morning because he did talk to him. We all knew this months and months, if not years, ago.
It was twisted (as it was before) to hint darkly that Rove was "the leak", which he wasn't.
Joe Wilson himself pointed to Rove at the start and even said he'd like to see Rove "frog-marched" off to jail.
I doubt we'll see any libel suits, but it was as false a charge then as this pathetic regurgitation was.
"If the leaker had been Rove, it would have been released months ago, prior to the election."
EXACTLY!! It would have been a bombshell .. and because it wasn't "leaked" - I'd say it wasn't true .. it's just another WISH by the left - a wish they will allow the kooks to spew as red meet for their kooky left."
Another case of their repeating a lie enough to make it sound true.
If Rove didn't do it, documents and testimony prove he didn't do it, and Rove knows he didn't do it (obviously), he should, at minimum, publicly challenge "screwloose" McDonnell to give proof or an apology.
Then sue his ass anyway.....
I'm a little surprised Rove is debunking this story before Newsweak commits itself to another flagrant lie.
Calf Rope=Lawrence O'Donnell
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It has not been shown the Downing Street Memo was a fake. The poster is probably referring to the suspicious behavior of the reporter claiming he destroyed the original.
I'll add that the Downing Street Memo did not contain any bombshell information anyway despite the hysterical cries from the left about it.
Depends. Guilty of what?
Novak had two sources.
Plame was more than likely not undercover.
What's your theory of what was done wrong?
It's dinner time here but I can't wait to read what you think!
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Suing O'Donnell would not help - it would only make him look legit. Better to point at him and laugh.
Years from now, some trivia show will be explaining the difference between O'Donnell, Baghdad Bob, and Joe Isuzu. If you're old then and can remember which one is which, that will be a good day.
Hiya barker, long time no see
The Downing Street Memo hasn't been *shown* at all, save for an image on the Internet that shows an official seal on a supposedly retyped copy.
There's a reason the Downing Street Memo went away so quickly. It simply can't be verified to be authentic at all.
(I noticed that right off the bat, but thanks anyway)
You are EXACTLY correct.
Miller must testify. The "turned over notes" are a red herring - - completely useless.
Authentic or not, it was a big nothing bore.
That was my point.
Rove has already signed a waiver waving any confidentiality guarantees from reporters he's talked to. Apparently, O'Donnell truly is an idiot. It looks like someone at Time got a look at the notes and saw Rove's name- and then he leaked it to O'Donnell. In his incredible idiocy, O'Donnell put 2 and 2 together and got 5- that Rove was the originator of the leak simply because he talked to Cooper. If anyone's going down, it's O'Donnell. And it says a lot about how confidential a reporter's notes are at Time.
the problem is - the journalists will lie, and they will use third hand emails and notes to "prove" this. Cooper meets with Rove, Rove tells him nothing, but Cooper can then easily send an email to some third party that says "Rove told me this". absent an audio tape, there really is no proof, but the MSM will spin it differently.
Thanks, I just linked it on this thread. Check the previous post.
Well of course Rove did it -- or at least, it's so utterly convenient for the media to make us think so, so that they can maybe hound Rove out before the USSC vacancy battles start up in earnest.
D'ya think? Oh, for some video of that. ;)
It is the only answer that makes sense: Cooper and Miller were found by the SP to be trying to frame Karl Rove. Now they want to avoid perjury to the Grand Jury after lying to investigators ...
I'd like to see O'Donnell get sued for libel by Rove's attorney.
I'd like to end up in a dark alley with O'Donnell. The chicken s##%t would be in a world of hurt.
I think the plan was (and maybe still is) to spread the gossip that it was Rove, knowing full well the grand jury proceedings are secret until time to indict (or not). I think they figure they can spread this caca del toro until that time, and by then Rove is (they hope) slimed. Hope it backfires on 'em.
We never see lawsuits on this sort of thing--delicious as they might be--and probably they're ultimately counterproductive. But I confess, I'd like to see Wilson and O'Donnell "frogmarched" into court...
Omigosh, seeing it again reminded me of what a nut O'Donnell has always been. Why does McLaughlin bother with him?
Remember when this story broke and Wilson said Rove would be frog marched out of the WH ?
I sense a conspiracy to implicate Karl Rove, only the SC discovered the truth, that it was not Karl, and the conspiracy, that some MSM reporters, Wilson, or whoever conspired and lied to investigators and the Grand Jury. Cooper and Miller know this, are trapped, and will not testify before the Grand Jury. They would rather go to jail for 4 months than commit perjury.
They are terrified that the judge will put them in DC Jail though, although the Dem operatives will put out the word to keep them save there ...
Thank you, Indy. I've been in and out all day with family events.
Re--Now_is_The_Time: I'd like to see O'Donnell get sued for libel by Rove's attorney. This is a deliberate fabrication meant to defame a great man's reputation and character. It will make lying scum like him think twice before attacking this administration with baseless allegations in the future..
Why would Rove sue O'Donnell for libel? What did he fabricate? Here is what O'Donnell said:
"And I know I'm going to get pulled into the grand jury for saying this but the source of...for Matt Cooper was Karl Rove, and that will be revealed in this document dump that Time magazine's going to do with the grand jury."
"I revealed in yesterday's taping of the McLaughlin Group that Time magazine's e-mails will reveal that Karl Rove was Matt Cooper's source. I have known this for months but didn't want to say it at a time that would risk me getting dragged into the grand jury."
And now we discover that Mr. Luskin, Rove's lawyer, concedes that Rove is a source in Cooper's emails, but not in the original leak. So, O'Donnell just stated a fact. Where is the libel?