Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Who's Lying Here?

Is Turdblossom fibbing to Dubya or is Dubya lying to federal prosecutors? From Greg at Talent Show:
What's the more likely scenario? Karl Rove lying to the Patrick Fitzgerald or George W. Bush?


And it turns out, Rove didn't lie to Bush after all :
Other sources confirmed, however, that Bush was initially furious with Rove in 2003 when his deputy chief of staff conceded he had talked to the press about the Plame leak.

Bush has always known that Rove often talks with reporters anonymously and he generally approved of such contacts, one source said.
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A second well-placed source said some recently published reports implying Rove had deceived Bush about his involvement in the Wilson counterattack were incorrect and were leaked by White House aides trying to protect the President.

"Bush did not feel misled so much by Karl and others as believing that they handled it in a ham-handed and bush-league way," the source said.

But here's something to chew on. What if both stories are correct? On the surface, they seem contradictory, but let's look at that National Journal piece again (emphasis added) :
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove personally assured President Bush in the early fall of 2003 that he had not disclosed to anyone in the press that Valerie Plame, the wife of an administration critic, was a CIA employee, according to legal sources with firsthand knowledge of the accounts that both Rove and Bush independently provided to federal prosecutors.

Isn't it equally plausible that both of these stories tell different sides of the same story? Let's assume for a moment that Murray Waas' sources didn't lie to him about what Bush and Rove told Fitzgerald. If that's the case and today's story is also true, then we've got a President who's in "cover your ass" mode. Regardless of whether or not the President was under oath, lying to federal prosecutors seems like a pretty clear case of obstruction of justice.

So Bush tells the American public that he wants to know who in his administration leaked the name of an undercover agent in a time of war. But he's furious that Uncle Karl did a "ham-fisted" job of it. Then he and Rove tell different stories to the federal prosecutor! This is just too much like Fitzmas for me to contemplate.

But at least Bush and Karl aren't lying about a blowjob. That might be an impeachable offense.