Where does George Bush stand on the leak investigation which is trying to determine which White House malefactor committed a federal crime by leaking the identitiy of an active CIA undercover operative?
For those of you who’ve been hiding under a rock for the past six months, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson went to Niger to investigate a supposed Iraqi attempt to purchase uranium for nuclear weapons. After determining the leak was a fake, Wilson later went public in the New York Times with the results of his review. In retaliation, Karl Rove either leaked, or sanctioned the leaking of Wilson’s wife’s identity (she was the CIA operative in question) to scumbag ‘journalist,’ Robert Novak (I’m sorry I’ve dropped my usual journalistic civility and distance). In the New York Times’ Leaker May Remain Elusive, Bush Suggests, Bush doubts the Justice Department will succeed in identifying the culprit.
…This is a town full of people who like to leak information. And I don’t know if we’re going to find out the senior administration official.
Oh and in case you’re unsure who to blame if the leakers aren’t found–it won’t be our President’s fault it’ll be the fault of you pesky folks in the media:
I have no idea whether we’ll find out who the leaker is, partially because, in all due respect to your profession, you do a very good job of protecting the leakers
Hmmm?? Could it be the Bush knows something we don’t? Like the identity of the leaker? Er, of course he doesn’t since he’s purer than the driven snow and never tells a lie or stretches the truth, right?
Seriously though, it is horrendous for a sitting President to prejudge a major federal investigation. Don’t you think he’s sending a clear signal to the Justice Department, FBI and his own staff that he wants the investigation to fail? I wonder how hard these agencies and their staff will work on this project knowing how their President would feel if they succeeded?