Kind of an odd timing for Card to resign now. The reason given by Bush this morning was so that Card could return to “private life”. Sounds kind of Claude Allenish to me.
Yesterday Raw Story gave us this:
Karl Rove, Deputy White House Chief of Staff and special adviser to President George W. Bush, has recently been providing information to special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in the ongoing CIA leak investigation, sources close to the investigation say.
According to several Pentagon sources close to Rove and others familiar with the inquiry, Bush’s senior adviser tipped off Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to information that led to the recent “discovery” of 250 pages of missing email from the office of Vice President Dick Cheney.
If Karl Rove is suddenly cooperating with prosecutors in the Valerie Plame leak that means one of two things; either he got a target letter or he had a change of heart. I would go with option A as being the most probable.
But Card is not a name we have heard much in the leak case. That is not to say he wasn’t involved. As matter of fact he was the first one in the White House that knew there was going to be an investigation. This was admitted by Gonzalez on Face the Nation last July:
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Sunday that he immediately told White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card — but delayed telling others — when the Justice Department launched an investigation into who leaked the identity of a CIA operative.
Gonzales, who at the time was White House counsel, told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he waited until the next morning to discuss the issue with President Bush and to formally notify the rest of the White House staff, requiring them to preserve any materials connected to the investigation.
Now let’s look at two other White House Resignations.
On Friday, September 16 of last year, David Safavian, who was the White House’s director of procurement policy, resigned from his job. On Monday, September 19, he was indicted in connection to the Jack Abramoff investigation.
The most notable resignation was Claude Allen, who resigned in February and a couple weeks later it was discovered he was part of a big shoplifting spree.
Now we get to sit here and wait to see if Andrew Card follows the same fate as these two.
Those 250 “missing emails” that Rove directed Fitzgerald to really sounds suspicious. Remember, there was a 12 hour delay in notification of the Plame leak investigation that has raised a lot of questions. Speculation has gone on that there may have been some late night paper shredding at the White House. The key person involved in that 12 hour period is none other than Andrew Card.
We will have to wait and see where it goes from here, but it could get interesting.