Skip to comments.'NY Times' and 'Wash Post' Differ on Whether Source Who Gave Matt Cooper Waiver Was Karl Rove
Posted on 07/07/2005 7:16:31 AM PDT by Pikamax
'NY Times' Says Source Who Gave Matt Cooper Waiver Was Karl Rove
By E&P Staff
Published: July 07, 2005 8:45 AM ET
NEW YORK "A short time ago, in somewhat dramatic fashion, I received an express, personal release from my source," Matt Cooper of Time magazine told a federal judge yesterday, in dramatic fashion, just before being sentenced to jail. "It's with a bit of surprise and no small amount of relief that I will comply with this subpoena."
But who was this source? According to The New York Times today, "Cooper's decision to drop his refusal to testify followed discussions on Wednesday morning among lawyers representing Mr. Cooper and Karl Rove, the senior White House political adviser, according to a person who has been officially briefed on the case."
Rove's lawyer had confirmed over the weekend that his client had turned up as a source in Cooper's documents, which Time turned over to the special prosecutor on Friday, but that did not mean that he was the key source in question.
Recent discussions, the Times reported, "centered on whether a legal release signed by Mr. Rove last year was meant to apply specifically to Mr. Cooper, who by its terms would be released from any pledge of confidentiality he had made to Mr. Rove, the person said. Mr. Cooper said in court that he had agreed to testify only after he had received an explicit waiver from his source.
Richard A. Sauber, a lawyer for Cooper, would not discuss whether Cooper was referring to Mr. Rove, nor would he comment on discussions leading up to Cooper's decision. Rove declined to comment on Wednesday.
Yeah! I really believe anything the Slimes says.
Know what? With what just happened to the innocent people of London this seems so unimportant right now.
If this is so, I'll bet Rove has lawyers who can show that he did not violate the law.
It sure is. But the Slimes is going to keep up the attack of anything Bush or his administration does. That, to the people of the Slimes is worse than any terrorist could be.
My sentiments exactly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all in London.
Thanks for your thoughtful post.
WHO CARES? Wait, I forgot the DU.
Brit Hume talked about this yesterday. He said that Karl Rove had signed a release "before" so he (Hume) didn't think that the one that had just been signed would have been from Rove. It was speculation on Brit's part, but he made sense. This article doesn't contradict Brit's observation.
Rove isn't an elected official. If he is guilty of this crime, he can resign, and I just don't see much long-term damage being done.
Can he PROVE that Karl Rove was the source?
It doesn't sound like anyone knows what the crime currently under investigation is. It appears that the initial leak may not be the focus now, but potentially perjury during the grand jury testimony. If Rove signed a waiver before and Cooper wanted to hear something directly from Rove (or other sources), that should not be a big deal in, and of, itself.
Assuming Rove did something wrong (which still seems unlikely), I think it is hard to say he can resign and that is the end. We know the left will turn this into some grand conspiracy on the Bush administration and try to link Bush (just as Norah O'Donnell was blabbing about on MSNBC yesterday).
I am guessing Rove did nothing wrong. Who knows? But I do know I will be much happier when this is all over...and hopefully soon.
A lot of people in D.C knew who Valerie Plame worked at the CIA, they were a known couple that went to a lot of D.C cocktail parties.
She wasn't a covert agent.
I don't see what was wrong with pointing out that Wilson's wife was the one that sent Wilson on the trip to Africa.
Maybe Rove did, maybe not. I really don't care either way.
The real problem for the NY Slimes is that they have no credibility.
I heard Brit say that too and me thinks this is nothing but a knee jerk fantasy by the NY Slimes doing any and everything to smear Karl Rove. I do hope they'll be made to look incompetent and foolish once again.
Yesterday Rove's attorney denied that Rove was the person referenced by Cooper.
I doubt Cooper's "express, personal release" was signed, or that it was even a document. More likely it's a fairy tale, designed to cast further suspicion on Rove and/or the administration.
This whole case is about as clear as mud, and the MSM likes it just fine that way.
Liberals make me sick!!!!!
Thats interesting. I believe that contradicts what this article is saying. Do you have a source/link to that comment by Rove's lawyer?? Thanks.