Skip to comments.Cooper Details Rove Conversations About Plame
Posted on 07/13/2005 12:00:18 PM PDT by areafiftyone
WASHINGTON Journalist Matt Cooper (search) on Wednesday told reporters he would give them details of his grand jury testimony detailing a conversations with White House aide Karl Rove (search) about a CIA operative in a future issue of Time magazine.
"I'm not going to scoop myself today," Cooper, a White House correspondent for the news weekly, said outside the U.S. District Court Wednesday afternoon.
Cooper spoke after a two-and-a-half hour appearance before the grand jury investigating the leak of CIA officer Valerie Plame's (search) identity. He was one of several journalists to whom Plame's identity was leaked following the publication of an editorial written by her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson (search), in which Wilson criticized the Bush administration.
One of those journalists, Judith Miller (search) of The New York Times, is in jail for her refusal to name the person who revealed Plame's identity to her. Last week, Cooper escaped a similar citation for contempt of court when he told the judge his source had waived confidentiality, freeing him to testify before the grand jury.
"Today I testified and agreed to testify solely because of a waiver I received from my source," Cooper said outside the courthouse. "Once a journalist makes a commitment of confidentiality to a source, only the source can end that commitment."
The grand jury is tasked with finding out if whoever leaked her identity to the press two years ago did so with the intent of burning her cover, possibly in retaliation for Wilson's criticisms of the administration's claims that Iraq's nuclear program.
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This still stinks abominably. I sure hope the prosecutor is turning over some rocks because horrifying creatures are gonna be crawling out.
Im sure the hit piece has already been written...he knows full well Rove won't respond because Rove is honoring the SP request to stay quiet.
All this BS to sell magazines, who'da thunk.
Exactly - Rove is doing the right thing by keeping quiet and this big fat mouth Cooper is yapping! He's an opportunist!
Could Cooper be in trouble for writing about this matter before the investigation is complete? And when does anyone know this is going to happen? Time will tell I guess
Not to worry, anything newsworthy will leak well before he can write his TIME article. Not to mention, people will first learn of any leak on the new media....talk radio and the internet.
The husband of one of Hillary's closest advisors can be trusted to be fair and balaned, right? /sarcasm
ROFLMAO - boils and sores! YIKES!
It turns out he had already been released by Rove way back when and only after it looked like he might go to jail HIS ATTORNEY contacted ROVE's ATTORNEY to see if they still meant it! What a big coward!
There's no restriction on a GJ witness's ability to talk about his own testimony. The restriction is on revealing GJ testimony of anyone other than yourself, AFAIK.
Everything about a grand jury is cloaked in secrecy, and most jurisdictions make it a crime to violate that secrecy. In the federal system, for example, Rule 6(e) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure requires that "matters occurring before the grand jury" be kept secret. The rule also says that if anyone bound by secrecy reveals "matters occurring before" a grand jury, this is "CRIMINAL contempt." The rule of secrecy binds everyone with access to grand jury proceedings (prosecutors, grand jurors, court reporters, and clerical personnel who help a prosecutor prepare for grand jury appearances), except the witnesses who testify before a grand jury.See also http://www.ishipress.com/rule6e.htm <- Rule 6(e) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
Thanks for the GJ info.
Don't you remember all the Clintonites who gave testimony coming out and immediately revealing their testimony? I do. Some of them even LIED about what happened, we later found out. They are allowed to talk about their own testimony, nothing else. In the case of Rove, he has said the prosecutor asked him not to discuss his testimony.
Could it be that Dem operative Mandy Grunwald learned from Joe Wilson that his wife, Valerie Plame, had sent him to Niger? Could Grunwald then have conveyed the info to Judith Miller, who relayed it to Grunwald's husband, Matt Cooper, in an attempt to obfuscate the connection? (Miller isn't in jail because the Times wanted to protect Rove.) Could other Dem operatives with whom, and for whom, Wilson worked also be involved? Does the name Kerry mean anything to anyone? Just a few speculative questions to ponder.