Skip to comments.RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman Statement On The Partisan Attack On Karl Rove
Posted on 07/12/2005 12:34:34 PM PDT by RWR8189
Contact: Tracey Schmitt
"It's disappointing that once again, so many Democrat leaders are taking their political cues from the far-left, Moveon wing of the party. The bottom line is Karl Rove was discouraging a reporter from writing a false story based on a false premise and the Democrats are engaging in blatant partisan political attacks."
-RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman
Coopers Own Email Claims Rove Warned Of Potential Inaccuracies In Wilson Information:
[Time Reporter Matt] Cooper Wrote That Rove Offered Him A Big Warning Not To Get Too Far Out On Wilson. Rove Told Cooper That Wilsons Trip Had Not Been Authorized By DCIA - CIA Director George Tenet - Or Vice President Dick Cheney. (Michael Isikoff, "Matt Coopers Source," Newsweek, 7/18/05)
Wilson Falsely Claimed That It Was Vice President Cheney Who Sent Him To Niger, But The Vice President Has Said He Never Met Him And Didnt Know Who Sent Him:
Wilson Says He Traveled To Niger At CIA Request To Help Provide Response To Vice Presidents Office. In February 2002, I was informed by officials at the Central Intelligence Agency that Vice President Dick Cheneys office had questions about a particular intelligence report. The agency officials asked if I would travel to Niger to check out the story so they could provide a response to the vice presidents office. (Joseph C. Wilson, Op-Ed, What I Didnt Find In Africa, The New York Times, 7/6/03)
Vice President Cheney: I Dont Know Joe Wilson. Ive Never Met Joe Wilson. And Joe Wilson - I Dont [Know] Who Sent Joe Wilson. He Never Submitted A Report That I Ever Saw When He Came Back. (NBCs Meet The Press, 9/14/03)
CIA Director George Tenet: In An Effort To Inquire About Certain Reports Involving Niger, CIAs 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. (Central Intelligence Agency, Statement By George J. Tenet, Director Of Central Intelligence, Press Release, 7/11/03)
Wilson Denied His Wife Suggested He Travel To Niger, But Documentation Showed She Proposed His Name:
Wilson Claims His Wife Did Not Suggest He Travel To Niger To Investigate Reports Of Uranium Deal; Instead, Wilson Claims It Came Out Of Meeting With CIA To Discuss Report. CNNS WOLF BLITZER: Among other things, you had always said, always maintained, still maintain your wife, Valerie Plame, a CIA officer, had nothing to do with the decision to send to you Niger to inspect reports that uranium might be sold from Niger to Iraq. Did Valerie Plame, your wife, come up with the idea to send you to Niger? JOE WILSON: No. My wife served as a conduit, as I put in my book. When her supervisors asked her to contact me for the purposes of coming into the CIA to discuss all the issues surrounding this allegation of Niger selling uranium to Iraq. (CNNs Lade Edition, 7/18/04)
Wilsons Report On Niger Had Thin Evidence And Did Not Change Conclusions Of Analysts And Other Reports:
Officials Said Evidence Was Thin And His Homework Was Shoddy. In the days after Wilsons essay appeared, government officials began to steer reporters away from Wilsons conclusions, raising questions about his veracity and the agencys reasons for sending him in the first place. They told reporters that Wilsons evidence was thin, said his homework was shoddy and suggested that he had been sent to Niger by the CIA only because his wife had nominated him for the job. (Michael Duffy, Leaking With A Vengeance, Time, 10/13/03)
CIA Said Wilsons Findings Did Not Resolve The Issue. Because [Wilsons] 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. (Central Intelligence Agency, Statement By George J. Tenet, Director Of Central Intelligence, Press Release 7/11/03)
The Butler Report Claimed That The Presidents State Of the Union Statement On Uranium From Africa, Was Well-Founded. We conclude that, on the basis of the intelligence assessments at the time, covering both Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the statements on Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Africa in the Governments dossier, and by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons, were well-founded. By extension, we conclude also that the statement in President Bushs State of the Union Address of 28 January 2003 that: The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. was well-founded. (The Rt. Hon. The Lord Butler Of Brockwell, Review Of Intelligence, On Weapons Of Mass Destruction, 7/14/04)
Sens. Roberts, Bond And Hatch All Dismissed Wilsons Claims:
Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Kit Bond (R-MO) And Orrin Hatch (R-UT) All Stated, On At Least Two Occasions [Wilson] Admitted That He Had No Direct Knowledge To Support Some Of His Claims And That He Was Drawing On Either Unrelated Past Experiences Or No Information At All. (Select Committee On Intelligence, Additional Views Of Chairman Pat Roberts, Joined By Senator Christopher S. Bond And Senator Orrin G. Hatch; Report On The U.S. Intelligence Communitys Prewar Intelligence Assessments On Iraq, U.S. Senate, 7/7/04)
Wilson Endorsed Kerry In October 2003. Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who accused the Bush administration of manipulating intelligence to exaggerate the threat from Iraq, endorsed Democrat John Kerry for president In a conference call with New Hampshire reporters, Wilson said he and Kerry have shared the experience of challenging their government Wilson when he questioned the rush to war with Iraq, Kerry when he challenged Americas role in Vietnam. (David Tirrell-Wysocki, Former Ambassador Wilson Endorses Kerry In Presidential Race, The Associated Press, 10/23/03)
Wilson Said He Has Long Been A Kerry Supporter And Has Contributed $2,000 To The Campaign This Year. He Said He Has Been Advising Kerry On Foreign Policy For About Five Months And Will Campaign For Kerry, Including A Trip To New Hampshire (David Tirrell-Wysocki, Former Ambassador Wilson Endorses Kerry In Presidential Race, The Associated Press, 10/23/03)
In Mid-May, [Wilson] Began Talking To Kerrys Advisers About Helping The Campaign; He Made His First Donation May 23. Kerry Himself Had Not Met Wilson Until Tuesday Night At A Campaign Fund-Raiser In Potomac, Md., A Kerry Aide Said (Patrick Healy and Wayne Washington, In Probe Of CIA Leak, Two Sides See Politics, The Boston Globe, 10/2/03)
[Kerry Advisor Rand] Beers Said Wilson Communicates With Campaign Advisers At Least Once A Week. (Patrick Healy and Wayne Washington, In Probe Of CIA Leak, Two Sides See Politics, The Boston Globe, 10/2/03)
Doesnt matter WHAT the truth is to these DIMOS. All they see is a chance to bash Bush and get revenge. No matter if the story is true or not. Very, very pathetic.
LOL. I just heard on Hannity that Kerry (I think it was) has put up an online petition to fire Karl Rove. This gets more hilarious by the minute.
The identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame was compromised twice before her name appeared in a news column that triggered a federal illegal-disclosure investigation, U.S. officials say.She would have had to have been covert in the last five years for Rove to have broken the law. Add that to the info above and there is no story, but the MSM won't let a few facts get in their way...
Mrs. Plame's identity as an undercover CIA officer was first disclosed to Russia in the mid-1990s by a Moscow spy, said officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. In a second compromise, officials said a more recent inadvertent disclosure resulted in references to Mrs. Plame in confidential documents sent by the CIA to the U.S. Interests Section of the Swiss Embassy in Havana.
The documents were supposed to be sealed from the Cuban government, but intelligence officials said the Cubans read the classified material and learned the secrets contained in them, the officials said.
I've only had a few problems discussing this with people who are not political junkies:
1) Explaining who Karl Rove is.
2) Explaining who Joe Wilson is.
3) Explaining who Valerie Plaime is.
4) Explaining who Robert Novak is.
5) Explaining who Judith Miller is.
6) Explaining why, even assuming any of the allegations are true, anyone without a political agenda should give a rat's rump about it.
Other than that, this story has great legs. Especially if one compares it to the much less interesting Jeff Gannon "scandal".
I am much encouraged that the Republicans are fighting back with the truth.
But the truth is so boring and is harder to read than MSM soundbite claptrap. There is no way this will actually get reported.
# 7244 is much too high for that piece of carp.
Unless Soros is secretly buying and burning all the existing copies so there won't be a paper trail.
everyone says this thing is going nowhere, but it seems to command a lot of posts and replies
Wow you were fast on #11!
Nice job Ken Mehlman! This response was handled with the usual class I've come to expect from this party.
God forbid the mainstream media be confused by the facts.
That's gonna leave a mark.
Unlike the demonRATs, the truth is all the Republicans (and the rest of us!) have.
You heard right about the Kerry petion. A brainwashed liberal (I repeat myself) co-worker of mine sent this to me. This guy is a big pro-democrap - UAW POS........
Less than two weeks ago, members of the johnkerry.com community demanded that Karl Rove be fired for his deliberate attempt to, once again, use the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks to divide America. Now Karl Rove is embroiled in another controversy concerning the leaked identity of a covert CIA agent, which was done to punish her husband, a man who had the courage to tell the truth about manipulated intelligence in Iraq.
Karl Rove is the President's top advisor in the White House and what he has admitted doing has deep and troubling consequences for our national security.
It's hard to understand how the President can tolerate his top advisor being involved in exposing a CIA agent in the name of politics by telling reporters about her work - making her already dangerous job that much more dangerous.
In order to do what the President called on us to do earlier this week - "continue to take the fight to the enemy" - the White House and Karl Rove must stop taking it to their so-called political enemies here at home.
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.
The problem is that, instead of protecting the American people from real threats to our security, this Administration spends its time protecting Karl Rove. That's not leadership.
They're doing their best to brush off this new Rove controversy as just another political story, but this time they are having a harder time getting away with it. That's why, if we raise our voices now, we can really make a difference. Please ask all your friends to sign our "Fire Rove" petition today:
Despite carefully worded denials, it is now apparent that Karl Rove discussed the identity of an undercover CIA agent with a reporter. His clear aim was to discredit that agent's husband who had dared to challenge the Administration in the buildup to the war.
There appears to be no limit to the lengths to which Rove - and this Administration - will go. But, there is a limit to the patience of the American people - and we have reached it. President Bush has a choice to make: Spend the months ahead focused on protecting Karl Rove's job security or spend them focused on protecting America's national security.
We are asking the President and the White House to do what they promised. When the scandal first broke, here's what the President's spokesman, Scott McClellan, said:
"If anyone in this Administration was involved in it, they would no longer be in this Administration." (9/29/03, White House press briefing). Now we will find out if the Administration honors its word. Call on President Bush to keep his word and fire Rove now:
It's as simple as this: We need President Bush and his White House staff to focus on finally taking action necessary to avoid a quagmire in Iraq. The American people can't afford to wait while the White House spends its time and energy defending a top presidential aide's dangerous political maneuvers.
In the days ahead, the President will either make good on his promise to hold accountable those who shared the identity of a secret soldier in the war on terror - or he'll prove that promise hollow.
We now know that Karl Rove "was involved" in a breach of national security. Decency - and the interests of the American people - demand an end to Karl Rove's days in the White House. It's time for you to demand it as well.
I urge you to take action right now.
I sincerely believe this tactic is used with many authors suffering from a sales slump or those attempting to show inflated figures. Copies of Johnny Cochran's book are housed in a local storage facility - in every unit of the warehouse but one - I'm renting that one and was asked to vacate as Mr. Cochran needed the additional space. Obviously this story is over a year old and I have no idea if his estate is still paying the fees.
I followed the link and signed the petition with a phony name under a stealth email that I use for such nefarious purposes. If anyone would like to know the name I used for it, FReepMail me and I'll tell ya.
but isnt suspicion of collusion at the heart of this, no matter what side of the fence youre on? isnt there a concern over corporate bias from "the other side?"
the liberals are looking to get a grip on something, and theyre going to keep grabbing until they do.
you can call me what you will, but ideologues are fallable, no matter which side you stand on
So far, there is no proof that Rove mentioned Plame by name, or that he was motivated by a sense to "punish" Wilson. He was merely setting the facts straight, countering false media reports that Dick Cheney had recruited Wilson for the Niger trip. If anyone in this scenario has repeatedly been found to be lying, it is Joseph Wilson.
It MAY be Rove??? The media is bending over backwards to parse everything to make it sound that way. That tells me that they know it ISN'T Rove.
It was mentioned on Fox News this morning that Rove's email to Cooper was dated after Novak's Plame/Wilson/Niger column was printed. The timing makes the Rove "controversy" and your consistency statements moot. Oh, and welcome to Free Republic.
The story you linked to had nothing to do with Plame. Or didn't you notice that? This is the kind of crap DU folks do all the time, refrence "evidence" that has nothing to do with what's being discussed. So please tell me and everyone here what your link has to do with Rove. Inquiring minds want to know.
Oh, nevermind, just STFU Troll.
As far as Rove is concerned, here is what seems to have happened: There were media reports that Dick Cheney had commissioned Joe Wilson's Niger trip, and that Cheney had disregarded Wilson's report because it undermined administration claims about Iraq seeking uranium from Niger. Cooper called Rove to ask about this, and Rove said it was false: Cheney had not authorized the trip - it was dreamed up by a CIA group who recruited Wilson at the suggestion of his wife, a CIA employee. Moreover, Cheney did not know Wilson, had never met him, and had never seen his report. Now, if you see criminal wrongdoing on the part of Rove in any of this, I'd like you to tell me what it was that he did wrong.
It was amazing to watch David Gregory go after Scott McClelland tooth and fang. He looked like a rabid dog. I understand why the dems are trying to make chicken salad out of chicken shit, but the MSM should be capable of seeing the way the wind is blowing, yet they try to hold the party line. They will be made to look very, very foolish and will result in further marginalizing the MSM. Have they not heard of internet bloggers? They are the compass as the story gets directed off course. There is discussion and there are instantly thousands, tens of thousands of editors, some extremely well informed. Yet they keep up their trash talk.
What you didn't mention about minnesotared's link is that it pointed to a story describing how the New York Times had blown the cover of a CIA operative who was providng valuable information about Al Quaeda. That's quite a strange link for minnesotared to cite as an argument against Rove. lol
Don't forget Cooper.
To paraphrase the song, "The media has their story and they're sticking to it." They will not let facts get in the way of a good story - how did CBS put it? - "false but accurate"?
Go back to the DU troll.
youre now asking me to take the side of attempting to explain what Rove did wrong?
i aint gonna do that.
i think all the fury is trying to get at the false claims to go to war. i think that the fury is about wanting to hold the President to statements he made about how anyone in his admin connected to this - leaked this, would be fired. i also think there is a fury to make this heated and of the essence.
at the root, there isnt much to stand on.
It all depends on what the meaning of the word "leak" is. To hear the MSM say it, Rove was like "hey, bud. I don't like the way Joe Wilson is sniffing too close to my secret plan to destroy the world. So let me tell you, his wife, Valerie Plaime, is an undercover super spy, and if anyone found that out her life wouldn't be worth a plugged nickel."
From the account, it doesn't seem that this was the case at all when Rove told Cooper that he was barking up the wrong tree.
Now, the Judith Miller source COULD be a mole at the White House whose intention WAS to embarrass the Administration and undermine the War On Terror. In which case, it's possible the "traitor" angle will still stand.
I'm not the one who called you a troll; in fact, to my knowledge, I've never called anyone in here a troll, on any thread, in the five or six years I've been in here. I did point out, however, that you linked to a tstory that cast aspersions on the NYT, not on Karl Rove, and on a matter unrelated to the Plame case.
Excellent reply. Your "Hey, bud . . . " scenario is EXACTLY what the media have been trying to imply, and this story about Cooper and Rove suggests nothing of the sort happened, at least as far as the Cooper/Rove connection is concerned.
I have been fighting in a foreum all day long with stupid young lefties. They are stupid and get their info straight off Du and move onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.
The Media is still trying to set the agenda.
The Liberal fantasy is that Bush is a complete idiot, yet the hard reality is that he keeps winning electoral and political victories.
To explain the disconnect, it is posited that George W. Bush is the sock puppet of some shadowy neo-conservative overlords - primarily Karl Rove and Dick Cheney.
But, yeah. Your basic premise is correct. Clinton went through several advisors, some of whom died under mysterious circumstances. Heck, the man even had his own dog murdered. Yet, through it all, Clinton was always Clinton.