Could Plamegate be bigger than Watergate?

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Could Plamegate be bigger than Watergate?

Maybe this is why Fitzgerald has been investigating the the outing of Valerie Plame for nearly two years.
Until now, Mr. Fitzgerald appeared to be focusing on conversations between White House officials such as Mr. Libby and Karl Rove, President Bush's senior political adviser, after Mr. Wilson wrote his op-ed. The defense by Republican operatives has been that White House officials didn't name Ms. Plame, and that any discussion of her was in response to reporters' questions about Mr. Wilson, the kind of casual banter that occurs between sources and reporters.

Mr. Rove, who has already testified three times before the grand jury and was identified by a Time magazine reporter as a source for his story on Mr. Wilson, is expected to go back to the grand jury, potentially as early as today, to clarify earlier answers.

Lawyers familiar with the investigation believe that at least part of the outcome likely hangs on the inner workings of what has been dubbed the White House Iraq Group. Formed in August 2002, the group, which included Messrs. Rove and Libby, worked on setting strategy for selling the war in Iraq to the public in the months leading up to the March 2003 invasion. The group likely would have played a significant role in responding to Mr. Wilson's claims.
If the group did conspire to discredit Wilson by going after his wife then Rove and Libby are screwed. However, if the investigation reveals that they knew they were lying to the public to sell the Iraq war, more than just Rove and Libby are screwed. (No, I'm not holding my breath.)

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