Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Frogmarch watch: Bush to let surrogates do the dirty work, as usual 

Mush from the wimp:

President Bush deflected questions today about the alleged role of one of his top advisers in leaking the identity of a CIA agent, saying he would not discuss the matter until an investigation is complete.

In a brief exchange with reporters at the White House after a Cabinet meeting, Bush refused to say whether he has spoken to the adviser, Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, about the leak or whether he believes Rove acted improperly.

The White House has previously said Rove was "not involved" in the leak, but an internal Time magazine e-mail shows he mentioned that Wilson's wife was a CIA agent to Time reporter Matthew Cooper before she was publicly identified by name as an operative in a July 2003 op-ed piece by syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak. Rove, through his lawyer, has confirmed that he talked to Cooper but denied providing Plame's name or leaking classified information.

Asked today if he has spoken with Rove about the Plame matter and whether he believes Rove "acted improperly in talking about it with reporters," Bush said: "I have instructed every member of my staff to fully cooperate in this investigation. I also will not prejudge the investigation based on media reports. We're in the midst of an ongoing investigation, and I will be more than happy to comment further once the investigation is completed."

Pressed on the matter and asked if it was appropriate for his spokesman to deny Rove's involvement in 2003, Bush essentially repeated his previous statement.
(via WaPo)

Asked for a comment, Bush said "I'll let Ken Mehlman and the media whores that Rove still owns do my talking for me."


Not really.

It would sure be nice if the story broadened from the White House circling the wagons to the remarkably coordinated talking points broadcast by the Republican Noise Machine. Gosh, it's as if they're all reading from the same script, or something....

FWIW, I think the worm actually turned during the last light plane scare in DC. The one where Capital Hill got evacuated, the White House got evacuated, but nobody told the press, who were left to fend for themselves in the White House...

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