Bush has decided to seek counsel in the ongoing Valerie Plame/CIA leak investigation. For anyone not familiar, someone in the Whitehouse told a bunch of reporters in June 2003 that she was a CIA operative as retribution against her husband, Joseph Wilson, who had been critical of the Nigerian uraniam claims. CBS News has the full scoop in “Bush, Lawyer Huddle On CIA Leak”:
“In terms of whether or not I need advice from counsel, this is a criminal matter, it’s a serious matter,” the president said. “I have met with an attorney to determine whether or not I need his advice, and if I deem I need his advice, I’ll probably hire him.”
Mr. Bush has repeatedly stated that he has no tolerance for such leaks, but he has expressed doubts the investigation will find ever find answers.
“I have no idea if we’ll find out who the leaker is ?Ã„Â¶ partially because your industry is good at protecting the leaker,” he said in the past, referring to the media.
Interesting timing on this one. In fact I’m curious to know if this transpired because George Tenet told Bush he was going to resign. Is Tenet planning on turning against the administration and personally fingering George Bush?
Then again, it could have something to do with witnesses recently telling a federal grand jury that Bush did indeed know about the leak and did nothing to prevent it. Capitol Hill Blue has the details on this twist in:
Witnesses told a federal grand jury President George W. Bush knew about, and took no action to stop, the release of a covert CIA operative’s name to a journalist in an attempt to discredit her husband, a critic of administration policy in Iraq.
Sources within the investigation say evidence points to Rove approving release of the leak. They add that their investigation suggests the President knew about Rove’s actions but took no action to stop release of Plame’s name.
Perhaps Bush knows that he may be indicted in a federal crime.
There’s more… I caught this post by American Dynamics just as I was wrapping this up.
Mr. Blaze Thickeye (Wm Blaze is off camping) is also raising an eyebrow over the timing of the Tenet resignation and Bush getting a lawyer, but he’s thinking the reverse: “a major figure has resigned his post, totally knocking the lawyer story out of the news cycle”. More analysis on the subject in the post .
Bush, Lawyer Huddle On CIA Leak [CBS News]
[Capitol Hill Blue]