In public, even as Bush and his aides have refused to comment on the issue, many of their allies have rallied in defense.If not "knocked off" the front page completely, it will certainly be a far smaller story than it has been over the past week. Only serious, new revelations will keep the Rove-CIA story going once the president announces his SCOTUS nomination to replace O'Connor.
Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, who once worked for Rove, declared: "The fact is, Karl Rove did not leak classified information." Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) called it "a nonstory."
Frist's comment reflected the main hope of Republicans on Capitol Hill, as well as in the White House: that the leak investigation was sufficiently tangled and obscure that it would fail to capture much public attention — or would be supplanted by other news.
"As soon as there's a Supreme Court nomination, this will be knocked off the front pages," predicted Kenneth M. Duberstein, a former chief of staff to President Reagan.
Monday, July 18, 2005
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