BRANDOLAND: Talking to God...For You!

Monday, October 03, 2005


Today's press conference was a total bust.

Not one question from the White House press corp re: Rove-gate, despite the fact that the following story "broke" over the weekend:

Role of Rove, Libby in CIA Leak Case Clearer

"Bush and Cheney Aides' Testimony Contradicts Earlier White House Statement"

A statement presented to the press by Scott McClellan.

But they don't care about that anymore.
As the CIA leak investigation heads toward its expected conclusion this month, it has become increasingly clear that two of the most powerful men in the Bush administration were more involved in the unmasking of operative Valerie Plame than the White House originally indicated.

With New York Times reporter Judith Miller's release from jail Thursday and testimony Friday before a federal grand jury, the role of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, came into clearer focus. Libby, a central figure in the probe since its earliest days and the vice president's main counselor, discussed Plame with at least two reporters but testified that he never mentioned her name or her covert status at the CIA, according to lawyers in the case.

His story is similar to that of Karl Rove, President Bush's top political adviser. Rove, who was not an initial focus of the investigation, testified that he, too, talked with two reporters about Plame but never supplied her name or CIA role.

Their testimony seems to contradict what the White House was saying a few months after Plame's CIA job became public.

In October 2003, White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters that he personally asked Libby and Rove whether they were involved, "so I could come back to you and say they were not involved."

Asked if that was a categorical denial of their involvement, he said, "That is correct."
All we needed was one reporter. One reporter to ask, "Scott, were you lying to us when you said that Rove & Libby were not involved in this case?"

"Hey, Scott, did they lie to you?"

"Will you be stepping down anytime soon?"

"I mean...what good are you?"


The only thing I learned today (off a question re: Miers' donation to the Gore campaign)?
Q: Did you give money to Al Gore? (Laughter.)

MR. McCLELLAN: I did not. When I became 18 I was a Republican and voting Republican, and proud of it.

Who becomes a Republican at 18?!

My god...


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