Tuesday during the Senate shut down that Harry Reid caused, the Situation
Room had James Carville on talking about the leak investigation. During his
statements they were discussing the need for the vice-President to come clean on
his involvement in the leak. I thought it was interesting when Carville said "we
need the President to come clean".
Appearing in tomorrow's edition of the New York Times is an article which
also addresses the President's involvement.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 - In the hours before the Justice Department informed
the White House in late September 2003 that it would investigate the leak of
a covert C.I.A. officer's identity, Scott McClellan, the White House press
secretary, gave reporters what turned out to be a rare glimpse into
President Bush's knowledge of the case.
Mr. Bush, he said, "knows" that Karl Rove, his senior adviser, had not
been the source of the leak. Pressed on how Mr. Bush was certain, Mr.
McClellan said he was "not going to get into conversations that the
president has with advisers," but made no effort to erase the impression
that Mr. Rove had assured Mr. Bush that he had not been involved.
Since then, administration officials and Mr. Bush himself have carefully
avoided disclosing anything about any involvement the president may have had
in the events surrounding the disclosure of the officer's identity or
anything about what his aides may have told them about their roles. Citing
the continuing investigation and now the pending trial of I. Lewis Libby
Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, they have declined
to comment on almost any aspect of the case.
The issue now for the White House is how long it can go on deflecting the
inquiries and trying to keep the focus away from Mr. Bush.