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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Republican Reality: Uncovering the Rove Cover-up

It is now self-evident that the White House and the Republican party will do and say just about anything to protect the “architect” of their current empire, Karl Rove. The problem, and The Peach credits the WH press corps for their diligence and persistence in exposing it, is that the Republican’s new reality show just doesn’t hold up. The Peach has gone back and examined spokesman Scott McClellan’s statements from the time this story broke and finds that the Bush White House is at work on yet another web of deceit, lies and misinformation. The MSM must not let them succeed.

The chronology of statements by the White House and its proxies shows clearly that one reality prevailed at the time the leak was first revealed and that new reality is currently being crafted.

Robert Novak published Valerie Plame’s name in July of 2003. On September 29, 2003, McClellan made one of the first denials that anyone at the White House had been involved.

Just days later on October 1, 2003 McClellan announced that the “CIA has a process to look at classified information if it is leaked, and they followed that process and the process is moving forward. And the Department of Justice is looking into it.” He then went on to say that “I don’t know the specific time period, but the process was followed, and the President expects the process to be followed.”

So two key facts are established here. First, in claiming ignorance of any White House involvement while announcing the CIA’s own investigation, McClellan made it clear that the White House viewed the leak as a serious, potentially criminal matter. Second, McClellan suggested at the time that the information leaked was indeed classified. Again, as he said, the CIA was following a process that it invoked when “classified information…is leaked.” That process includes the involvement of the Department of Justice.

During that same press conference, McClellan was asked directly if Rove was involved in the Wilson case. McClellan responded with a flat denial:“Let me make it very clear. As I said previously, he was not involved, and that allegation is not true in terms of leaking classified information, nor would he condone it.”

On October 3, 2003 the Department of Justice circulated a memo requesting all materials possibly involved in the leak to be turned over.

The denial of any White House involvement continued, and the White House had soon issued a pledge to fire any staff member involved in leaking the Plame information. On October 6, 2003, McClellan for the first time was asked if Bush would fire anyone from his staff who had leaked classified information. He stated unequivocally that anyone leaking classified information “would no longer work in this administration.” The next day, when asked if he personally “went to Scooter Libby, Karl Rove and Elliot Abrams to ask if they were leakers” McClellan said, “They’re important members of our White House team, and that’s why I spoke with them, so that I could come back to you and say that they were not involved. I had no doubt of that from the beginning, but I like to check my information to make sure it’s accurate before I report back to you, and that’s exactly what I did.” When asked to clarify that “these three individuals were not the leakers or did not authorize the leaks,” McClellan responded “That’s correct. I’ve spoken with them.”

Then suddenly, on October 10, 2003, the tone of the White House press briefings dramatically changed. Suddenly, the White House claimed a desire to protect “the integrity of the investigation,” an assertion that they are continuing to claim now. McClellan even goes on to say that he doesn’t want to “conduct the investigation from the podium.”

What The Peach finds striking about the change in position is that the concern about the investigation comes a full seven days after the Department of Justice circulated a memo requesting all documents involved in the leak.

The Peach suspects that between Oct. 7th, when McClellan defended Rove, and Oct. 10th, when the emphasis became the “ongoing investigation,” the Bush administration discovered that Karl Rove had in fact leaked classified information to the press.

And the administration’s reverence for the sanctity of an ongoing investigation has by no means been consistent. As recently as June 24, 2004 McClellan reiterated Bush’s resolution to fire anyone on the White House staff that was responsible for the leak. It is only now, in the wake of the revelation of Rove’s actions, that there is suddenly a professed need to not “prejudge” the outcome of the investigation. Now “prejudge” is the new orthodoxy, but they were apparently happy to prejudge things back when they could issue a blithe denial. Oh, how times have changed.

The Peach sees a number of hot button issues here. The first is the leaking of classified information, which is a criminal offense. Obviously, it is difficult to determine whether that standard has been reached, and The Peach suspects that the reason Rove gave the okay for Cooper to fess up is because what Cooper knows isn’t all that damning to Rove. Meanwhile, Judith Miller sits in a prison cell and Robert Novak sits in his office. Who’s to say that the information they received was the same seemingly innocuous material as Cooper’s?

What The Peach finds to be the hotter issue is the cover-up that is coming out of the White House and the unrelenting litany of lies that is currently being circulated by Republican supporters. Republicans recognize the importance of Rove to this White House and also recognize that Bush and his staff cannot address a crime they knew full well existed. So despite evidence that the White House has long understood the seriousness of Rove’s action, they are sending out their proxies in the RNC to try and create a new reality: that Rove was doing a service to the public, that the information was not classified, that he said “Joe Wilson’s wife” rather than using Valerie Plame’s name. If The Peach were not such a good Democrat, it would find the last hairsplitting obfuscation to be downright Clintonian.

The Administration must not be allowed to continue their “shift and stonewall” strategy until they effectively create a new perception of reality. To prevent it, the media must continue to demand answers while simultaneously exposing the misinformation and false assertions created by Bush’s followers and mouthpieces. They must also get to the bottom of who is leaking this information out to the suppliers.

Finally, this isn’t so much about one event, but rather a pattern that this government lives by. This is about a government that survives on false realities, energetically spun by an intricate and single-minded communications machine. We allow this to continue at the risk of our democracy and our freedom. The mainstream media must refuse, this time, to be spun..


At 12:34 PM, Blogger opinionion said...

Re: "nor would he [Rove]condone it."
Question: What would Karl Rove condone? and when would he condone it?

At 6:39 PM, Blogger Daithí said...

Did the leak of Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan’s identity to the press enable the London bombings?

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At 6:40 PM, Blogger Laser said...

We have provided proof of over 100 statutory violations in the bankruptcy matter of eToys 01-706 (Del Bankr. 2001)
The Dept of Justice did not seek disqualification of the attorneys who admitted to filing multiple, intentionally false, Rule 2014 affidavits.

Contrary to their oath of office, 28 USC 586(a)(3)(F) and in direct violation of 18 USC 3057(a) the United States Trustee actually & speciously sought immunity for the felony violations and the US Trustee has aggressively sought to assist defrauding our Court approved contract work by seeking to strike and expunge our proofs of fraud and perjury by powerful law firms connected to Mitt Romney.

The Asst US Trustee Frank Perch did motion to disgorge Traub $1.6 million, but mentioned nothing about the false affidavits of Morris Nichols (MNAT)

The Director of the Dept of Justice EOUST emailed us that he would take care of the issues.

The the US Attorney for the new Region 3 Trustee, Mark Kenney offered the right to circumvent the law and a "get out of jail free card" to the perpetrators.

MNAT represented both Bain and eToys when it the court approved the selling of the eToys assets to Bain. This is Collusion to defraud the estate for tens of millions of dollars.MNAT now represents Bain in the KB bankruptcy case (Del Bankr 04-10120).

We have now found the missing link, just this past week, that offers explanation of the "nolle prosequi" of the Dept of Justice, that being the reason why the US Attorney's office has refused to prosecute MNAT. For the US Attorney for Delaware is Colm F Connolly. Connolly was (and may be still) a partner at MNAT when eToys sold the assets to MNAT's other client Bain.

Lawrence Friedman, Frank Perch and Debra Yang (Pres Bush Corp Fraud Task Force) have all subsequently resigned from their key positions at the Dept of Justice, without providing an sufficient remedy of the matter.
The US Attorney in Delaware who has refused to prosecute MNAT or Bain is Colm F Connolly, who is now being considered for a Fed Judge position. As such Connolly's resume is now public knowledge.
While it seems to be a good career move not to investigate or prosecute your partners, associates and clients. Especially when such is connected to your future boss, a Presidential hopefull. (Miit Romney owns Bain,KB, eToys, Stage Stores, SanKaty)

It is however, a matter of grave concern when eventually get "caught"!

(please see and the US Trustee Disgorge Motion eToys Docket item 2195, the Dept of Justice Settlement and immunity motion eToys docket item 2201 and the Court's Opinion approving the Settlement motion docket item 2302 which can be seen here
The Disgorge motion only addresses 3 of the more than 100 statutory violations we have proven. They seek to cover up all the others with the Stipulation to Settle providing illegal permission to Circumvent the Law with the following clause agreed upon

"WHEREAS the United States Trustee shall not seek to compel TBF to make any additional disclosures"

Such latitude to deliberately circumvent the Law, specifically 327(a) is not even permitted of a Federal Justice, as can be seen in the cases such as In re Middleton Arms, First Jersey Securites and In re United Artist.
Which states, the Courts are forbidden from contravening clear, unambiguous statutory mandates of 327(a).
A finding of non disclosure of conflict of interest mandates disqualification.

The attached files are best suited to be read in the order of the word doc DOJ coverup.

Then the US Trustee motion to Sanction Traub (Disgorge Motion)

Then one can understand the Stipulation to Settle which contains the WHEREAS clauses.

Then the Opinion, which is actually a 57 page testimony on behalf of the perpetrators.

With the final item being the Mark Kenney motion to Strike that is concrete proof of Obstruction of Justice.

Laser Haas


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