Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Rove will not be charged in the Valerie Plame brouhaha

Which is convenient since he didn't do anything.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House aide Karl Rove will not be charged in the CIA leak case, his lawyer said on Tuesday in a much-needed boost for President George W. Bush's White House, which has been battered by bad news for months.

Freeing Bush's top political adviser from possible indictment on perjury charges allows him to concentrate on Republicans winning the key congressional elections coming up in November.

"On June 12, 2006, special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald formally advised us that he does not anticipate seeking charges against Karl Rove," Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, said in a statement.

Fitzgerald has already gotten an indictment from a federal grand jury against another top White House aide, Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide, Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

This of course doesn't prevent the left from going apoplectic over the whole affair. And of course, Howard "Yeeeaaaarrgg" Dean leads the charge on the Today Show.

"That does not excuse his real sin which is leaking the name of an intelligence operative during the time of war. He doesn't belong in the White House. If the President valued America more than he valued his connection to Karl Rove, then Karl Rove would have been fired a long time ago. So I think this is probably good news for the White House, but its not very good news for America"
Never mind that the extra-sooper-dooper-sekret-spy Valerie Plame wasn't so extra-sooper-dooper-sekret and hadn't been so for nearly 5 years. But don't take my word for it...

The above opening to an Associated Press story caused weeping and wailing in the Democratic Party. They didn't get Rove. The piece went on to say that the Special Prosecutor has gotten a judge to issue a criminal indictment for "Scooter" Libby, former advisor to V.P. Dick Cheney, in this case. The truth is the agent in question was a paper shuffler at the CIA in Virginia, and hadn't been under cover for more than five years. The law relating to this "crime" further requires intent of a clear nature on the perpetrator's part. None of these or other sections of the law were violated by Libby, who like Karl Rove is only guilty of participating in the election of George Bush as president. This, according to the American Left, is a felonious activity in that like the Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, diminished their power, which is theirs by tradition and birth.

[...]Neither Rove nor Libby can reveal (uncover for public viewing) a name which the agent and her husband revealed, themselves. (In one instance, as a result of their self-promoting appearance in a major East Coast magazine.) Of greater importance is the regulatory abrogation by said "agent" by recommendation of her husband for an information gathering mission to Africa. A trip to ask about Saddam Hussein's interest in yellowcake (uranium) ore purchases.

CIA agents are not allowed to promote relatives for such things.

Rove and Libby did not "out" Valerie Plame, Valerie Plame and her husband did, while at the same time violating agency policy. To top it all off, the husband did a crummy job of gathering intelligence, did not file a written report for the administration on his return but instead wrote a political piece about the whole affair (loaded with bias and inaccuracies) for a major liberal daily newspaper.