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Friday, April 07, 2006

Our Honorable President

Brian Tamanaha

From the Washington Post:

President Bush authorized White House official I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to disclose highly sensitive intelligence information to the news media in an attempt to discredit a CIA adviser whose views undermined the rationale for the invasion of Iraq, according to a federal prosecutor's account of Libby's testimony to a grand jury.

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Bush has been a major critic of leaks of classified information, and his aides have repeatedly said they want to "get to the bottom" of who leaked the name of Wilson's wife, covert CIA operative Valerie Plame, to the media, which touched off Fitzgerald's investigation . But in the past 33 months the White House has never disclosed Bush's apparent involvement in the deliberate disclosure of information meant to undermine Wilson.

Three months before Fitzgerald began his probe in December 2003, Bush said at a news conference that "I've constantly expressed my displeasure with leaks, particularly leaks of classified information. . . . If there's a leak out of the administration, I want to know who it is. And if a person has violated law, the person will be taken care of."

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No comment necessary.

Comments:

"And if a person has violated law, the person will be taken care of."

I wonder, given the administration's theory that whatever the President authorizes is necessarily legal, if these words weren't carefully chosen. Perhaps not as carefully as how the last President might choose to use the word "is," but carefully nonetheless.
 

bush... cheney... rumsfeld... gonzalez... tick, tick, tick....
 

Is it possible that Libby's defense here has been coordinated with the White House with a view to getting the case against him dismissed while providing some sort of legal cover for Bush, Cheney et al? Or does Scooter have some sort of a trump card he can play, if necessary, that may prove embarrassing?
 

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