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reeds
06-02-2004, 09:04 PM
Bush consults lawyer in CIA leak case
WASHINGTON (AP) President Bush has consulted an outside lawyer about possibly representing him in the grand jury investigation of who leaked the name of a covert CIA operative last year, White House officials said Wednesday night.
There was no indication that Bush was a target of the leak investigation, but the president's move suggested he anticipates being questioned about what he knows.

A federal grand jury has questioned numerous White House and administration officials to learn who leaked the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame, wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, to the news media. Wilson has charged that officials made the disclosure in an effort to discredit him.

"The president has made it very clear he wants everyone to cooperate fully with the investigation and that would include himself," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said.

He confirmed that Bush had contacted Washington attorney Jim Sharp. "In the event the president needs his advice, I expect he probably would retain him," McClellan said.

A number of journalists have received federal subpoenas to face questioning about the leak, and FBI officials have visited the White House to interview officials. There was no indication Bush had been questioned yet.

Bush has been an outspoken critics of leaks, saying they can be very damaging, but he has expressed doubts that the government's investigation will pinpoint who was responsible. While Bush has said he welcomed the investigation, it has been an awkward development for a president who promised to bring integrity and leadership to the White House after years of Republican criticism and investigations of the Clinton administration.

Even though he has a White House counsel, Bush is dependent on outside lawyers for private matters. A memo distributed to the staff last year reminded officials that the counsel's office works solely for the president in his official capacity and is not a private attorney for anyone.

Democrats seized on the news to criticize the president.

"It speaks for itself that the president initially claimed he wanted to get to the bottom of this, but now he's suddenly retained a lawyer," said Jano Cabrera, spokesman for the Democratic National Committee. "Bush shouldn't drag the country through grand juries and legal maneuvering. President Bush should come forward with what he knows and come clean with the American people."

Plame was first identified by syndicated columnist and TV commentator Robert Novak in a column last July. Novak said his information came from administration sources.

Wilson has said he believes his wife's name was leaked because of his criticism of Bush administration claims that Iraq had tried to obtain uranium from Niger, which Wilson investigated for the CIA and found to be untrue.

Disclosure of an undercover officer's identity can be a federal crime. The grand jury has heard from witnesses and combed through thousands of pages of documents turned over by the White House, but returned no indictments.

The probe is being handled by Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, appointed after Attorney General John Ashcroft stepped aside from case because of his political ties to the White House.

Absent a breakthrough from the documents or a cooperating witness, prosecutors may be forced to try to identify the leaker through Novak or other reporters. However, journalists pressed by the prosecution could assert a First Amendment privilege to protect their sources.

Wilson has suggested in a book that the leaker was Lewis "Scooter" Libby, chief of staff to Vice President Cheney. But Wilson's book, "The Politics of Truth," give no conclusive evidence for the claim.

The White House denies the claim and accuses Wilson of seeking to bolster the campaign of Democrat John Kerry, for whom he has acted as a foreign policy adviser.

Wilson also said it's possible the leak came from Elliott Abrams, a figure in the Reagan administration Iran-Contra affair and now a member of Bush's National Security Council. And Karl Rove, Bush's chief political adviser, may have circulated information about Wilson and Plame "in administration and neoconservative circles" even if Rove was not himself the leaker, Wilson writes.

Another possibility is that two lower-level officials in Cheney's office John Hannah or David Wurmser leaked Plame's identity at the behest of higher-ups "to keep their fingerprints off the crime," Wilson speculates.

Bush expressed doubt last year that the leaker would be found.

"You tell me: how many sources have you had that's leaked information, that you've exposed or had been exposed? Probably none," Bush said last October.

"I don't know if we're going to find out the senior administration official," Bush said then. "I don't have any idea. I'd like to. I want to know the truth."

But Bush said, "This is a large administration and there's a lot of senior officials."

u2sarajevo
06-02-2004, 09:16 PM
That is a bit knee-jerk there reeds....
There was no indication that Bush was a target of the leak investigation, but the president's move suggested he anticipates being questioned about what he knows.You should read the articles you post before fabricating a thread subject name.

dude1394
06-02-2004, 09:16 PM
Hey reeds...that should make you feel a lot more comfortable with bush. i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif

reeds
06-02-2004, 10:09 PM
hahaha..good one DUDE...actually U2, I was being a bit sarcastic- basically just wanted to get a reaction..i really didnt think Bush is the actual leaker...honest

LRB
06-03-2004, 10:37 AM
"It speaks for itself that the president initially claimed he wanted to get to the bottom of this, but now he's suddenly retained a lawyer," said Jano Cabrera, spokesman for the Democratic National Committee. "Bush shouldn't drag the country through grand juries and legal maneuvering. President Bush should come forward with what he knows and come clean with the American people."


Like for instance Bill Clinton did for his 8 years in the White House????

What a completely irresponible statement from the Irresponsible Party otherwise know as the Democrats. It would be standard policy for anyone high profile person to employ an lawyer when being subpoenaed when every little nuance of their testimony will be tried to be twisted and used against them out of context. There is no reason that Bush wishes to share the complete truth that pertains the the case at hand and comply entirely with the law without handing his detractors and easy information to criticize him with.

u2sarajevo
06-03-2004, 10:56 AM
Originally posted by: reeds
hahaha..good one DUDE...actually U2, I was being a bit sarcastic- basically just wanted to get a reaction..i really didnt think Bush is the actual leaker...honestI figured you did, but in case you didn't I thought I would knee-jerk and call you on it. i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

You know tit for tat, or somesuch.