Monday, July 25, 2005

Andrew Card's 12 Hours of Lead Time

News is now coming out that on the evening of September 29, 2003, then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales was told by the Justice Department that a criminal investigation was forthcoming into the outing of CIA operative Valerie Wilson's (nee Plame) identity. Gonzales was told to inform administration officials so that they could preserve important documents relating to this case. He promptly called Chief of Staff Andrew Card and let him know what was happening, and the two decided to wait until the next morning to inform the WH staff of the news, which Justice allegedly told them was ok to do (BTW, it should be noted that at that time DOJ was run by John Ashcroft, Rove's pal and boss/client for over two decades. This is the same Ashcroft who two months later recused himself from the case due to several conflicts of interest). So that's what they did. Bush himself and key WH personnel were apparently told on the morning of Sept 30. But that gave Card a significant window of opportunity. Did he talk with anyone at the WH immediately after he got off the phone with Gonzales, current US Attorney General? Did he speak with Bush? Cheney? Rove? Folks, a lot of paper shredding, etc. can occur in a span of 12 hours. This is just one more suspicious occurrence that special prosecutor Pat Fitzgerald is hopefully putting under a microscope. Let's check phone records. WH meeting logs. WH visitor lists. And let's get Card before the federal grand jury to answer direct questions about who he spoke with and when. Andy

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