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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    I commented about this on a later post, but briefly, this contradiction stood out to me.
    Mr. Rove told the grand jury in the case that the email message was consistent with his assertion that he had not intended to divulge Ms. Wilson's identity, but instead intended to rebut Mr. Wilson's criticisms of the administration's use of intelligence about Iraq.
    If that was the case, why did he not "take the bait", as his email said, and instead use the opportunity for that rebuttal?