Washington insider and MSNBC political analyst Lawrence O’Donnell has revealed that the soure of the leak that blew the cover of secret agent Valerie Plame is President Bush’s poltical adviser, Karl Rove:
I revealed in yesterday’s taping of the McLaughlin Group that Time magazine’s emails will reveal that Karl Rove was Matt Cooper’s source. I have known this for months but didn’t want to say it at a time that would risk me getting dragged into the grand jury…
Since I revealed the big scoop, I have had it reconfirmed by yet another highly authoritative source. Too many people know this. It should break wide open this week. I know Newsweek is working on an ‘It’s Rove!’ story and will probably break it tomorrow.
Meanwhile, there was this in the MSM:
“The breadth of [special prosecutor Peter] Fitzgerald’s inquiry has led to speculation that it has evolved into an investigation of a conspiracy to leak Plame’s identity,” the Chicago Tribune observed on Friday, “or of an attempt to cover up White House involvement in the leak.”
But why does he need notes from two reporters to whom Rove allegedly leaked Plame’s identity, even though the reporters – Matt Cooper at Time magazine and Judith Miller at the New York Times? Talk Left explains it this way:
Knowing the identity of the source is not enough for a perjury conviction. There must be two witnesses to the perjurious statement. Telephone records would not be enough, because they only provide the number dialed, not the identity of the person speaking. Matthew Cooper’s and Judith Miller’s e-mails and notes may provide that corroboration.
Plame’s husband, Joe Wilson, once said that he wouldn’t be happy until he saw Karl Rove “frog-marched” out of the White House. While that would be nice, what is more important to know is how involved President Bush, Vice President Cheney and other senior White House officials were in the decision to reveal Plame’s identity to media outlets – and of course whether any of them have lied about it under oath.
In the Clinton impeachment, Republicans lowered the bar for impeachment to perjury in a civil case, so any hint of perjury by the president or vice president should automatically trigger Congressional action.
Sure, the corrupt conservatives who run the Congress will balk at the hearings but just think of the hours of new footage from the Clinton era there are showing these same GOP leaders bloviating about the rule of law, honor and decency in the Clinton era. It’ll be fun to revisit those quotes, won’t it?