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Bush Aide Deflects Questions on Rove (WaPo Version)
The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, July 12, 2005 | Mike Allen and Dan Balz

Posted on 07/11/2005 8:49:50 PM PDT by kristinn

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Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.), last year's Democratic presidential nominee, said in an e-mail to supporters: "It's perfectly clear that Rove -- the person at the center of the slash and burn, smear and divide tactics that have come to characterize the Bush Administration -- has to go."

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In retrospect, it appears clear that many White House statements about the case were carefully constructed -- giving the impression of being general denials even as the words were narrowly focused on specific allegations. During briefings, McClellan repeatedly challenged reporters to provide him "specific information" when asking about Rove, and he frequently limited his answers about White House involvement in the case to mean the act of leaking classified information.

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Robert Luskin, Rove's attorney, acknowledged over the weekend that his client had discussed the subject -- without naming Plame -- with Cooper, one of the two reporters threatened with jail time for not cooperating with Fitzgerald. Cooper avoided jail last week after being granted a waiver by Rove to testify. New York Times reporter Judith Miller was sent to jail and remains there after refusing to testify.

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Luskin said again yesterday that there is nothing inconsistent with what Cooper's e-mail said and what Rove has said throughout the inquiry, and he said his client continues to cooperate fully with Fitzgerald, including the prosecutor's request for Rove and his attorney not to publicly discuss the case.

"It puts Karl in a no-win position," Luskin said. "If he doesn't talk to [reporters], he subjects himself to criticisms like we're hearing from the Democrats on why he won't come forward and talk about his role. But if he does . . . he runs the risk of being accused of not cooperating with the investigation."

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: cialeak
Edited for the new news being reported.
1 posted on 07/11/2005 8:49:51 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

I sure feel better knowing what John Kerry thinks about all this.


2 posted on 07/11/2005 8:53:09 PM PDT by digger48
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To: kristinn

Can you imagine how big it will be if the Dems can get the man in charge of Bush's re-election bid to step down? Only a year after the election?


3 posted on 07/11/2005 8:53:41 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority ("There is no terrorist threat! There is no terrorist threat!" - Michael Moore)
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To: kristinn

The only thing I want to hear from that d-bag Kerry is when is he going to sign an unconditional disclosure of his military record. Inquiring minds STILL want to know.


4 posted on 07/11/2005 8:56:49 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Mark Levin and Ann Coulter for SCOTUS!)
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To: kristinn

John Kerry: Bitter Loser


5 posted on 07/11/2005 8:57:47 PM PDT by My2Cents (Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati [When all else fails, play dead])
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To: kristinn

Valerie Plame sent her husband on taxpayer expense paid trip to Africa so he could come back and write in the New York Times that "Bush lied". She should be prosecuted for misappropriation of federal funds. And, no, Karl Rove did not leak any classified information.


6 posted on 07/11/2005 8:59:20 PM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: kristinn

" Robert Luskin, Rove's attorney, acknowledged over the weekend that his client had discussed the subject -- without naming Plame -- with Cooper."

Maybe Kerry and Reid can answer these two questions :
How did Rove identify Plame-without naming her ?
Since it appears that Rove did not name Plame,
then who did ?
I know that logic and facts are generally incompatible with being a Democrat , so I will not hold my breath awaiting an answer.


7 posted on 07/11/2005 9:07:50 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: advance_copy
And, no, Karl Rove did not leak any classified information.

I think he's a genius, and way too smart to "leak" anything to a member of the press.
The investigation is still going on. In my opinion, they want the press to keep out of it, because they're getting close to whoever did it (Wilson?). They don't want to mess this up.

8 posted on 07/11/2005 9:10:58 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("A people without a heritage are easily persuaded (deceived)" - Karl Marx)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

"Can you imagine how big it will be if the Dems can get the man in charge of Bush's re-election bid to step down? Only a year after the election?"

Not big at all. If they did it one year before the election, now THAT would be a big deal.

Or maybe you were being sarcastic.


9 posted on 07/11/2005 9:13:22 PM PDT by NathanBookman
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To: kristinn
"It puts Karl in a no-win position," Luskin said. "If he doesn't talk to [reporters], he subjects himself to criticisms like we're hearing from the Democrats on why he won't come forward and talk about his role. But if he does . . . he runs the risk of being accused of not cooperating with the investigation."

Forget the democrats. They've cried "wolf" so many times, no one pays attention to them anymore.
Stick with the investigation. It will definitely pay off in the end. It'll really be worth it.

10 posted on 07/11/2005 9:15:13 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("A people without a heritage are easily persuaded (deceived)" - Karl Marx)
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To: kristinn

"In retrospect, it appears clear that many White House statements about the case were carefully constructed"

Translation: media asked poor questions.


11 posted on 07/11/2005 9:24:50 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: advance_copy

"Valerie Plame sent her husband on taxpayer expense paid trip to Africa so he could come back and write in the New York Times that "Bush lied"."

She didn't send him. She recommended he be sent.


12 posted on 07/11/2005 9:26:16 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: kristinn

Got to wonder if old JFKerry did not put all this in motion. Wilson was "selected" to protect Saddam, at least that is the way his NYTimes article sounds. Wilson then ends up on the JFKerry team.


13 posted on 07/11/2005 9:28:41 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: kristinn
Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.), last year's Democratic presidential nominee, said in an e-mail to supporters: "It's perfectly clear that Rove -- the person at the center of the slash and burn, smear and divide tactics that have come to characterize the Bush Administration -- has to go."

Sore loser. He got really, really creamed in the 2004 election. He's gotten as crazy as Al Gore!

14 posted on 07/11/2005 9:38:58 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("A people without a heritage are easily persuaded (deceived)" - Karl Marx)
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To: concerned about politics

Sounds like a little revenge for waxing the floor with the Dems in 2004. Maybe Kerry can run another race against just Rove and see if he can pull that off. I doubt it though.


15 posted on 07/11/2005 9:54:31 PM PDT by bpjam (Now accepting liberal apologies.....)
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To: kristinn
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Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.), last year's Democratic presidential nominee, said in an e-mail to supporters: "It's perfectly clear that Rove -- the person at the center of the slash and burn, smear and divide tactics that have come to characterize the Bush Administration -- has to go."

And our answer back was ----- solid proof that President Bush and Rove were doing good!!! So don't change a thing!!!

16 posted on 07/11/2005 11:34:07 PM PDT by malia (President Bush - a man of honor!! clinton as President a man of horror)
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To: concerned about politics
Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.), last year's Democratic presidential nominee, said in an e-mail to supporters: "It's perfectly clear that Rove -- the person at the center of the slash and burn, smear and divide tactics that have come to characterize the Bush Administration -- has to go."

Slash and burn...smear and divide tactics....lol.

17 posted on 07/11/2005 11:35:22 PM PDT by eric_da_grate
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To: kristinn

OLD MEDIA hypocrites...


Mark Felt (head of FBI) - hero for leaking

Woodward & Bernstein - heros for printing leaks


18 posted on 07/11/2005 11:42:25 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Shermy
She didn't send him. She recommended he be sent.

Here is the precise language from Matthew Cooper's e-mail to his editors:

"it was, KR said, wilson's wife, who apparently works at the agency on wmd issues who authorized the trip."

Valerie Plame authorized the trip. So yes, she sent her husband.
19 posted on 07/12/2005 4:22:55 AM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: advance_copy

Rove is wrong or Cooper misunderstood what Rove really said.

Read the Senate Intelligence Committee report. It lays it all out.


21 posted on 07/12/2005 10:37:29 AM PDT by Shermy
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