Rove E-Mailed Hadley About Conversation With Cooper
Rove's supporters are continuing their leak campaign to support his lack of wrongdoing in the Valerie Plame investigation. The latest leak is the involves an e-mail Rove wrote then Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley after Rove spoke with Cooper.
The July 11, 2003, e-mail between Rove and then-Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley is the first showing an intelligence official knew Rove had talked to Matthew Cooper just days before the Time magazine reporter wrote an article identifying Valerie Plame as a CIA officer.
"I didn't take the bait," Rove wrote in an e-mail obtained by The Associated Press, recounting how Cooper tried to question him about whether President Bush had been hurt by the new allegations. The White House turned the e-mail over to prosecutors, and Rove testified to a grand jury about it last year.
Another item of interest in the article is Robert Luskin's statement:
Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, said his client answered all the questions prosecutors asked during three grand jury appearances, never invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination or the president's executive privilege guaranteeing confidential advice from aides.
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