Rove-Plame Speculation Update
David Corn thinks he's figured it out. I think he's only partly right. Here's what I think now, and the steps I take to get there:
1. Fitzgerald said in court the investigation has run its course and only Cooper and Miller can move it forward. (Chicago Tribune, July 7)
Fitzgerald, the U.S. attorney in Chicago, has said for months that his investigation has concluded except for the testimony of Miller and Cooper. On Wednesday, he told the court that with Miller's refusal to testify, "we are having this whole thing derailed by one person."
2. After Cooper got his call, the New York Times reports there was a conference between lawyers for Rove and Cooper and Fitzgerald.
Mr. Cooper's decision to drop his refusal to testify followed discussions on Wednesday morning among lawyers representing Mr. Cooper and Karl Rove, the senior White House political adviser, according to a person who has been officially briefed on the case. Mr. Fitzgerald was also involved in the discussions, the person said.
I think during the discussions they disclosed what Cooper's testimony would be and Fitzgerald agreed Cooper did not implicate Rove in a crime.
3. The issue is not who Miller and Cooper's sources are, but what Miller's source told her - which she never printed.
4. Floyd Abrams, Miller's attorney, said that he and Miller assume they want her testimony because of what someone else told the grand jury.
Asked why prosecutors sought Miller's testimony when she never wrote a story about Plame, Times attorney Floyd Abrams said, "We don't know, but most likely somebody testified to the grand jury that he or she had spoken to Judy."
5. Lewis Libby gave a waiver for others to speak to the grand jury. Cooper had more than one source. All reporters but Miller and Cooper accepted Libby's waiver.
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