August 3, 2005


2 Aides to Rove Testify in C.I.A. Leak Inquiry (DAVID JOHNSTON, 8/03/05, NY Times)

Two aides to Karl Rove, the senior White House adviser, testified last Friday before a federal grand jury investigating whether government officials illegally disclosed the identity of an undercover C.I.A. operative, according to a person who has been officially briefed on the case.

The aides, Susan B. Ralston and Israel Hernandez, were asked about grand jury testimony given on July 13 by Matthew Cooper, a reporter for Time magazine, the person who was briefed said. Mr. Cooper has said that he testified about a July 11, 2003, conversation with Mr. Rove in which the C.I.A. officer was discussed.

The aides' grand jury appearances were first reported by ABC News and provided the first sign that the prosecutor in the case was interested in following up on Mr. Cooper's testimony with more questions for the White House about Mr. Rove. A person sympathetic to Mr. Rove said that the questions seemed typical of those posed by a prosecutor wrapping up the loose ends of an inquiry.

With Judith Miller behind bars, Mr. Fitzgerald can go home happy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 3, 2005 12:00 AM

"A person sympathetic to Mr. Rove?"

Since when do they identify their anonymous sources with that sort of descriptive detail?

Posted by: kevin whited at August 3, 2005 10:31 AM

Kevin: Many newspapers, and the Times in particular, have recently gotten much more descriptive when quoting anonymous sources. They say things like, "declining to be identified because the White House has not yet made a public announcement" or "declining to be identified being critical of Mrs. Clinton" or "for fear of retribution." I have not yet seen, "so that they can lie with impunity."

Posted by: David Cohen at August 3, 2005 10:48 AM

According to Rush (@ around 1:40 PM), Judith Miller's recent '1st Amendment courage' award from the American Society of Journalists and Writers was revoked by the executive board, voting as a whole. Something is getting buried.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 3, 2005 3:17 PM


Someone is getting buried, and it ain't Rove.

Posted by: Luciferous at August 3, 2005 3:53 PM