07/20/2005: Karl Rove needs a new nickname.
I propose a variation on his old one. No more "Turd Blossom". From now on, Rove should be known simply as "Turd".
Because, like a turd, he appears to be in the toilet and beginning to swirl clockwise. According to Murray Waas, it looks like Turd's excuses are unravelling, and the FBI and U.S. attorneys on the case probably smell blood in the water:
White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove did not disclose that he had ever discussed CIA officer Valerie Plame with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper during Rove’s first interview with the FBI, according to legal sources with firsthand knowledge of the matter.Back in my prior lifetime as a criminal defense lawyer, I've seen this scenario unfold numerous times. Suspect says story A to the cops. Then he starts shooting his mouth off, telling his lawyer story B, and family and friends a (possibly related) story C.
The omission by Rove created doubt for federal investigators, almost from the inception of their criminal probe into who leaked Plame's name to columnist Robert Novak, as to whether Rove was withholding crucial information from them, and perhaps even misleading or lying to them, the sources said.
Also leading to the early skepticism of Rove's accounts was the claim that although he first heard that Plame worked for the CIA from a journalist, he said could not recall the name of the journalist. Later, the sources said, Rove wavered even further, saying he was not sure at all where he first heard the information.
Pretty soon the cops don't even have to work hard. By the time the suspect is done, he's spun such a web of inconsistent stories that no jury in the world would believe whatever he says on the witness stand (if he's stupid enough to testify on his own behalf), even if it were merely to assert that the sun had risen in the east that day.
Keep talking, Turd. I want to see you talk yourself into a nice long prison sentence.
Len on 07.20.05 @ 12:00 PM CST