This story appeared yesterday on CBSNEWS.com.
The President has engaged outside legal counsel in case he is interviewed in connection with the Plame grand jury investigation. A white house spokesman declined to answer a reporter’s question about whether the President had been asked to appear before the grand jury.
In an exceptionally secretive process, Roberts reports, a federal grand jury has been hearing testimony since January from dozens of administration and government officials. The probe is aiming to pin down the source of the leak that identified Valerie Plame, wife of former ambassador Joe Wilson, as an undercover CIA agent.
Wilson charges that Plame’s cover was blown as payback for his challenge to President Bush’s claim in last year’s State of the Union address that Saddam Hussein was actively shopping for uranium to build a bomb.
“Saddam Hussein has been trying to buy uranium from Africa,” Mr. Bush said in the Jan. 28, 2003 address.
I have recently heard rumors that some of the witnesses were called back because of inconsistencies in their testimonies, and, also. that indictments were imminent.
The irony here is that the troglodytes who outed Plame blew an intelligence operation dedicated to actually locating Weapons of Mass Destruction. In doing so, they put our intelligence assets at risk. In fact, one of our contacts may have been killed as a result of the leak.
Wilson has always maintained that, because of their security clearance levels, Carl Rove and/or someone in the Vice Presidents Office had to be involved. I don’t see how Robert Novak and whoever engineered the leak can stand to look in the mirror in the morning.