June 14, 2006


With Rove reportedly no longer under investigation in Plame case, will reporters now demand answers to Rove-related questions? (Media Matters, 6/13/06)

Following reports that special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has told White House senior adviser Karl Rove that he does not anticipate charging Rove in connection with the CIA leak investigation, Media Matters for America has compiled a list of questions previously asked about Karl Rove by the media, which the White House has to date refused to answer, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation. Now that Fitzgerald has apparently decided not to pursue charges against Rove, the White House's stock response would presumably no longer apply to questions concerning Rove and his involvement in the disclosure of the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.

Media Matters has already urged reporters to ask about Rove's security clearance, given that, as Media Matters has previously explained, both Rove's apparent confirmation of Plame's identity to syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak and his alleged disclosure of her identity to Time's Matthew Cooper should trigger the loss of his security clearance under the Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement.

But there are numerous other questions the media previously asked, which they presumably would still consider important and in response to which -- with respect to Rove -- the White House can apparently no longer cite an ongoing investigation:

Fitzgerald Leaves Questions Unanswered (Dan Froomkin, , June 13, 2006, Washingtonpost.com)
Senior White House political adviser Karl Rove's successful avoidance of criminal charges in the CIA leak investigation is a huge win for the White House.

It's also a massive blow to those who had hoped that special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald's investigation would end Rove's career as a cunning and outlandishly successful Republican strategist.

And finally, it means Fitzgerald probably won't be shedding any more light on Rove's role in the outing of Valerie Plame.

By all rights, that latter job should now fall to the press.

The White House has long maintained -- spuriously, I might add -- that the ongoing criminal investigation precluded them from answering any questions even vaguely related to Rove's conduct.

Now, without charges against Rove in the offing, the media should demand answers to a slew of questions.

Heck, not only will they ask the questions they'll write their names on your press release.....

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 14, 2006 3:43 PM

The "media" will have plenty of time for questions, starting with Andrea Mitchell, Tim Russert, David Corn, Matt Cooper, Bob Woodward, Walter Pincus, Judy Miller, Jill Abramson, and probably 10 or 15 others. They should all be testifying at Libby's trial.

Posted by: ratbert at June 14, 2006 4:12 PM

It's over, fellows. Now you are just acting masochistically.

Posted by: obc at June 14, 2006 4:29 PM

The cross of Mr. Mandy Grunwald (Cooper) should be especially amusing.

Posted by: ghostcat at June 14, 2006 5:14 PM

The WH should continue not to answer any questions regarding this, just to show who's the boss. The new rationale should be, "Move along, nothing to see here."

Posted by: sam at June 14, 2006 5:39 PM

A particularly weird bit of projection. Among them Cooper, Bob Woodward, Tim Russert, Andrea Mitchell and Bob Novak probably know the story in its entirety. Why not just go interview your own?

Posted by: joe shropshire at June 14, 2006 5:42 PM

Now the WH can't answer questions because Libby is still going to trial. That trial should be a lot of fun. I hope it's televised.

Posted by: erp at June 14, 2006 5:51 PM

When I found out that Karl Rove was born in the year 666, then I knew, he was not going to jail.

Posted by: AllenS at June 14, 2006 7:40 PM

Not possible--everyone knows Ronald Wilson Reagan was the anti-Christ--six letters in each name can't be a coincidence.

Posted by: oj at June 14, 2006 7:46 PM