Rove Testifies Again in CIA Leak Probe
WASHINGTON - Karl Rove testified for the fourth time Friday before the grand jury in the CIA leak probe, following public disclosure of his conversations with two reporters about the identity of a covert officer at the spy agency.
It was likely the White House aide's final chance to convince grand jurors he did nothing criminal in the leak case. Prosecutors have warned Rove, a top adviser and architect of President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, that there is no guarantee he will not be indicted. The grand jury's term is due to expire Oct. 28.
Oh, to be a fly on the wall... It's just looking worse and worse for turdblossom.
The White House has shifted from categorical denials two years ago that Rove or Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, were involved in the leak of a covert CIA officer's identity to "no comment" today.
Oh, I like where this is going....
Press secretary Scott McClellan on Friday rejected suggestions that the investigation of two key players was distracting the White House.
"We're aware of all those things," he said. "But we've got a lot of work to do and that's where we're focused."
It's getting to the point where I'm almost feeling sorry for poor Scotty. I get the feeling his tongue has been permanently stained pink by Pepto Bismol.
The White House denials of Rove's and Libby's involvement collapsed three months ago, when Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper testified that Rove had been one of his sources for a story that identified Wilson's wife. Libby was another of Cooper's sources for the story, which asked the question, "Has the Bush administration declared war on a former ambassador?"
So, do you think the bargaining has begun? Man, if I was the prosecutor, I'd be thinking up some very creative requirements if Rove was planning on weaseling out of this one. I think I'd start by requiring him to wear a clown suit to work every day for the rest of his life. And a nationally televised public apology. And a legal name change to "Karl Turdblossom."
No sense in letting the guy off easy...