Bloomberg Scoops New Rove Story
Raw Story was the first to report that Bloomberg News was going to break a story saying Karl Rove and Lewis Libby may have lied to the grand jury. The upshot is that these Administration officials may have lied about where they first heard of Valerie Plame - claiming they heard it from reporters when they did not. In other words, they may have used the reporters as shields, to avoid disclosing they learned it from either a classified document or someone in the Government.
Lewis “Scooter'’ Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, told special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that he first learned from NBC News reporter Tim Russert of the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame, the wife of former ambassador and Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson. Russert has testified before a federal grand jury that he didn’t tell Libby of Plame’s identity.
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove told Fitzgerald that he first learned the identity of the CIA agent from syndicated columnist Robert Novak, who was first to report Plame’s name and connection to Wilson. Novak, according to a source familiar with the matter, has given a somewhat different version to the special prosecutor.
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