Saturday, January 27, 2007

Fear in the White House: Karl Rove Subpoenaed

"White House anxiety is mounting" over the fear that Karl Rove and Dick Cheney may be forced to testify in the CIA leak case.

Little wonder that Cheney's been such a grouch of late. Dick is expected to take the stand and testify under oath. Will the VP snarl at the prosecutors like he did at Wolf?

Will Rove or Cheney be forced to tell the world that Bush, is NOT the decider?

Firedoglake: By the end of the week, government witnesses were detailing Mr. Cheney's and/or his trusted deputy's guilty knowledge of Ms. Plame's identy and status, while Ms. Martin, a trusted member of Mr. Cheney's own communications staff, described under oath how fixated Mr. Cheney had become about anyone who might reveal how badly he and the Administration had spun the facts to gin up a pretext for going to war.

Lying a country into a tragic war in which 25,000 of your troops become casualties is not a good thing, but it seems that in Mr. Cheney's view, the greater offense is to be publically called out for lying your country into that tragic war. But the underlying deed is not just tragically immoral; it's an impeachable offense.

Will Rove Testify?

Newsweek: White House anxiety is mounting over the prospect that top officials—including deputy chief of staff Karl Rove and counselor Dan Bartlett-may be forced to provide potentially awkward testimony in the perjury and obstruction trial of Lewis (Scooter) Libby.

Both Rove and Bartlett have already received trial subpoenas from Libby’s defense lawyers, according to lawyers close to the case who asked not to be identified talking about sensitive matters. While that is no guarantee they will be called, the odds increased this week after Libby’s lawyer, Ted Wells, laid out a defense resting on the idea that his client, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, had been made a “scapegoat” to protect Rove.

Cheney is expected to provide the most crucial testimony to back up Wells’s assertion, one of the lawyers close to the case said.

The vice president personally penned an October 2003 note in which he wrote, “Not going to protect one staffer and sacrifice the other.” The note, read aloud in court by Wells, implied that Libby was the one being sacrificed in an effort to clear Rove of any role in leaking the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame, wife of Iraq war critic Joe Wilson.

“Wow, for all the talk about this being a White House that prides itself on loyalty and discipline, you’re not seeing much of it,” the lawyer said.