Thursday, July 14, 2005

Calling bullshit on Karl Rove

Despite the WH's reluctance to comment on an ongoing investigation, Karl Rove's attorney (beholden to noone but Turdblossom himself), has been going full bore. The latest meme- Matt Cooper "burned" Karl Rove. Bob Luskin told the National Review, "If you read what Karl said to him and read how Cooper characterizes it in the article, he really spins it in a pretty ugly fashion to make it seem like people in the White House were affirmatively reaching out to reporters to try to get them to them to report negative information about Plame."

Of course, this is BS, and today in Salon they call it out as such. "Luskin's beef: The language Cooper used in a July 17, 2003, story about Joseph Wilson was misleading. (The article appeared just days after Robert Novak outed Wilson's wife in his column, which sparked the federal grand jury whodunit.) Luskin, citing the narrow scope of the conversation Rove and Cooper had, denies the White House ever declared a "war on Wilson," as Cooper's article suggested."

Salon actually compares what Cooper wrote in the smoking gun email to what appeared in print, and finds that Luskin is speaking out of his ass. Which, to be fair, is what we attorneys do sometimes- I just don't do it to a national magazine. In any event, what Matt Cooper wrote in print is consistent with what was described in the email- without attribution beyond merely describing "government officials," Cooper wrote that the Niger trip was not authorized by the VP, but by the CIA. True, no? Yes. Moreover, he in no way described a WH plot to destroy Joe Wilson or Valerie Plame.

I have a feeling that what we know is merely the tip of the iceberg. This things goes deep. Stay tuned.

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