Karl Rove is working feverishly to rewrite history in the few remaining days before he is no longer taking taxpayer money to do the political work of the Bush-Cheney administration.
The White House political czar, who had never been a frequent guest on the talking-head shows where Washington insiders make news on otherwise slow Sundays, was front and center on NBC-TV’s "Meet the Press" and Fox News Sunday. The interviews of Rove by NBC’s David Gregory and Fox’s Chris Wallace were lousy.
Obviously hoping to get Rove’s help in landing heftier interviews with those who will remain on the administration’s sinking ship longer than the man they referred to as "Bush’s brain," Gregory and Wallace asked soft questions and then allowed Rove to dodge them. Indeed, when the discussion came close to getting serious about documented examples of Rove’s dramatic abuses of his position, the soon-to-be-former presidential aide glibly responded, "nice try," or declared "I’m going to leave it there" — essentially telling his supposed inquisitors that it was time to move on to the next topic.
Fortunately, in the discussion that followed the Rove interview on "Meet The Press," Gregory hosted veteran Time Magazine Washington reporter Matt Cooper.
Cooper bluntly described Rove’s precise role in the scandalous — and, depending on chosen interpretations of the law, treasonous — leaking of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity. That 2003 leak came as part of an administration scheme to discredit Plame’s husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, who had revealed details about the misuse of intelligence prior to the launch of the Iraq War by President Bush, Vice President Cheney and others.
While Rove is busy evading questions about the abuse of his position to punish a political critic, and while Rove’s defenders continue to peddle the lie that says their man was never in the lead when it came to leaking information about Plame, Cooper’s comments again confirmed the dirty dealing in which Bush’s political henchman engaged on behalf of the president and vice president.
Here is the significant section of the conversation between Gregory and Cooper:
DAVID GREGORY: Matt Cooper, let’s pick up on an aspect of the interview with, with Karl Rove having to do with the leak case, the CIA leak case, that you were part of as well. And something that’s very interesting, he, he went out of his way to say, "I would not have been a confirming source on this kind of information" and taking issue with, with Novak’s testimony in his column that he knew who Valerie Plame was. He said he would never confirm that information. That’s different from your experience with him.